Crews from different emergency medical service providers gathered at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday to pay their respects to the five Netcare 911 crew who died in a helicopter crash in KwaZulu-Natal earlier in the day.
According to sources, the gesture was spontaneous, with industry colleagues and members of the public laying flowers at the hospital.
Two doctors, a nurse, a paramedic and the pilot were killed in the crash.
They were Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist; Dr Curnick Siyabonga “Sia” Mahlangu, a cardiothoracic surgeon; 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 the National Airways Corporation.
“ it is with the greatest sadness to inform you that a Netcare helicopter crashed on route to KZN to collect a patient . Dr Siya Mahlangu, Dr Rudolph Mamonyane, Mpho Xaba, paramedic and two pilots all sadly passed away on scene. “ hawe ma pic.twitter.com/wPorjZiZ3s
— Ndlovukazi (@2uli) January 21, 2021
They were on their way to transport a critically ill patient to the Netcare Milpark Hospital when the helicopter crashed in Bergville in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
The SA Civil Aviation Authority has sent a team of investigators to the scene.