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WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that the Working on Fire (WoF) pilot who was killed when his helicopter went down during firefighting efforts near Riversdale on Tuesday afternoon has been identified by Southern Cape police as 65-year-old Nico Heyns.  

Captain Malcolm Pojie confirmed that Heyns was killed in a crash in the Vermaaklikheid area, about 40km from Riversdale, around 09:50.  An inquest docket has been opened at the Riversdale police station.  Heyns was well known in the aviation world and often went above and beyond the call of duty.  Trevor Abrahams, chairperson of Kishugu Aviation, said it was one of the company's Huey helicopters that crashed.  The Garden Route District Municipality posted on Facebook that the fire at Vermaaklikheid was burning on the eastern and western flank of the Duiwenhoks river.  The Western flank was contained on Tuesday morning, and mopping up was being conducted by local volunteers and Enviro Volunteer Wildfire Services.  However, the Eastern flank was the main concern with firefighters on the ground and in the air battling flames on a 3.5km line, trying to prevent it from jumping the Puintjie/Blombos road.  As of Tuesday evening, seven homes had been destroyed, as well as multiple smaller structures.

  • Read this report by Jenna Etheridge in full at News24

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