Thirteen Lost In Chilean Helicopter Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 08.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.29.14 **
** Airborne 08.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.27.14 **
** Airborne 08.25.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.25.14 **

Tue, Feb 17, 2009

Thirteen Lost In Chilean Helicopter Accident

Impacted Mountain While Transporting Fire Crews

Chilean authorities have located the victims of an apparent CFIT helicopter accident in the Andes Sunday.

CNN reports Eduardo Canala Pecchenino, a Chilean air force commander who until December served as the pilot for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, was transporting 12 firefighters when the helicopter, type unreported, impacted a fog-and-smoke-obscured mountain in central Chile.

All 13 persons onboard were killed in the Sunday afternoon accident. Local fire crews battling a series of forest fires in central Chile were the first responders to the scene.

"The helicopter was totally disintegrated and scattered and the engine was on fire," department commander Carlos Penailillo told El Universal. "Everyone was dead. There were three bodies still inside the cabin, and the rest were spread in the surrounding area, including over some thickets."

The helicopter was owned by Chilean paper company CELCO, and operated by a company referred to as Flight Service in news reports.

Canala had served as presidential pilot since 2000, flying former president Ricardo Lagos until Bachelet's election in 2006. He was slated to report to the Chilean air force war college upon leaving that detail, but had been granted permission to work for the fire crews before starting his next assignment.

"He was a man with much experience, with more than 20 years in the air force and whom I knew personally," federal aviation investigator Sergio Sepulveda told La Nacion.

FMI: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ci.html

Advertisement

More News

Aero-TV: Doing It Diesel Style -- Glasair's New Diesel Offering

Glasair Makes A Commitment To Alternative Powerplants ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell saw and reported on a lot of interesting things at Sun ‘n Fun 2014, and one of>[...]

AeroSports Update: KR Gathering Planned For Chino, CA

The KR Is The Little Homebuilt Airplane That Sits So Low You Can Almost Step Over It But, In The Sky, It Can Get Up And Go The Official 2014 KR Gathering will be held on Friday Sep>[...]

AD: Viking Air Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-17-01 PRODUCT: Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 airplanes.>[...]

Prop Wars! MT-Props v Hartzell In War Of Words

Gerd R. Muehlbauer Says 'Competitors' Claims Are Misleading In an open letter to the industry, MT-Propellers president Gerd R. Muehlbauer says that claims made by rival propeller m>[...]

AD: Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-16-27 PRODUCT: Certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 900EX airplanes.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC