Thu, Mar 13, 2008
Bell 412 Was Transporting Copper Mine Workers
Officials in Peru are holding out hope for survivors following
the Tuesday downing of a Bell 412B helicopter in the Andes, though
it's unlikely anyone survived the accident.
According to news reports, the helicopter (type shown above) was
ferrying workers from the La Granja mine, owned by the
Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto group. Eight employees and two pilots
were believed to be onboard.
Search crews spotted the wreckage near the northern Andean city
of Cajamarca, but as of Wednesday evening rescuers had not been
able to reach the crash site. The helicopter was destroyed in the
accident, according to Santa Cruz police chief Jesus Tapia.
In a statement following the accident, Rio Tinto said the
helicopter, owned by Helinka-Evergreen, left the mine at 10 am
Tuesday morning for the northern Pacific coast city of Chiclayo. It
was reported missing 12 minutes after departure.
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