Netcare confirms a tragic and fatal helicopter crash, in KwaZulu-Natal, involving 5 of their colleagues. The crash claimed the lives of the medical staff and the pilot.
The specialist ECMO intensive care rapid transfer team from Netcare Milpark in Johannesburg and Netcare 911, was aboard the Netcare 1 air ambulance en route to Hillcrest in Natal to transfer a critically ill patient to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for specialised ECMO care.
Gauteng HEMS: Netcare 1 a specialised helicopter ambulance has been activated for an inter-hospital-transfer. pic.twitter.com/Av81tSI2QT
— NETCARE 911 (@Netcare911_sa) January 21, 2021
The Netcare 911 Helicopter crashed near Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.
“The whole of Netcare falls silent as we bow our heads in tribute, respect, love and memory of our fallen colleagues and frontline heroes who have died in the line of duty”, read the statement.
“There are no words adequate to describe our sense of profound loss and grief at this terrible time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” said Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of Netcare.
In a media statement released later on the same day, the names of the deceased were revealed.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the families, loved ones and colleagues of Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911, as well as the pilot of the helicopter, Mark Stoxreiter who worked for National Airways Corporation.”
Dr Richard Friedland, Craig Grindell and other senior executives of Netcare and Netcare 911 went to the scene of the accident immediately after being informed of the crash.
Netcare confirmed that the cause of the tragic accident will be investigated by the appropriate authorities.