Sad news for a Sunday. It has been confirmed that a SANParks firefighting chopper crashed at 11 am this morning in Olifantsbos, Cape Point, while on duty fighting a blaze that started in the reserve last Wednesday.

The Huey chopper was forced to make a crash landing earlier today, during which the pilot was critically injured, later passing away as confirmed on ER24.

The fallen hero has been identified as Bees Marais, an ex-SAPS and SA Air Force pilot who worked more recently as a freelance flyer for the Work On Fire organisation.



The pilot has died an absolute hero and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. Read more here.

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