Investigation led by AIDD - South Africa

Accident to the Airbus SA316 registered ZU-RFE on 05/06/2022 at Vanderbijlpark

Preliminary data based on the notification from the South African authorities:

The pilot stated that he took off at 15:00 UTC and approximately seven minutes into the flight almost all warning lights came on and the engine stopped. At that time, he was above a built-up area and decided to rather aim for an empty space on his left for autorotation. When the helicopter passed over the power lines, it started yawing to the left and pitched up. The pilot lost control of the helicopter and it crashed into a ditch.