NTSB Identification: MIA94RA192
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 09, 1994 in SALAMA, Guatemala
Aircraft: BELL UH-1B, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 9, 1994, about 1710 central standard time, TG-HUY, a Bell UH-1B, registered to Servicios Aereos Profesionales, S.A. crashed near the town of Salama, Guatemala, while on a personal use political flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter was destroyed and the pilot and four passengers received fatal injuries. The flight originated from La Aurora Airport at Guatemala City, Guatemala, at about 0628, and the destination was Santa Elena Airport at Flores, Guatemala.

The reported purpose of the flight was to distribute campaign materials to multiple destinations. The campaign materials were for the August 14, 1994, Congressional elections in which passenger, Jose Pablo Donato, was a candidate. Mr. Donato was a member of the MLN Party. Witnesses stated that there was fog in the area and the helicopter was observed to be flying low, when the observed flames from the engine area. The main rotor and tailboom separated from the helicopter before impact, and the wreckage was strewn over a 3-mile area. There was an extensive fire.

Mr. Andrew Alston of the National Transportation Safety Board Regional Office in Miami, has been designated as the Accredited Representative. He will be accompanied by Mr. David Dosker of Bell Helicopter, the designated technical advisor, and both will travel to Guatemala, on August 14, 1994. The Director of Civil Aviation has requested any parts requiring testing be transported to the NTSB laboratory.

This report is filed for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Director of Civil Aviation of Guatemala. For additional information contact:

Direcion de Aeronautica Civil Aeropuerto, La Aurora Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala Phone: 011-502-231-7250

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