NDF Helicopter Crashes

A NAMIBIA Defence Force helicopter crashed, killing four people, at the Grootfontein airport at around 05h00 today.

The six survivors all sustained serious injuries and were transported to Windhoek for medical attention.

While details are still sketchy, The Namibian has determined that the chopper crashed just moments after it took off.

Apparently, the helicopter was headed for Windhoek, to fetch the defence minister Nahas Angula who was scheduled to attend the graduation of technicians at the air force today.

Angula confirmed the incident, describing it as tragic.

According to a media release from the Ministry of Defence, the helicopter, which was on official duty, was carrying a crew of two pilots and eight passengers.

Investigations are underway and further information will be made available at a later stage, the statement read.

Sources speculated that the crash may have been caused by the engine of the chopper not being warm enough before takeoff.

Source : The Namibian