NTSB Identification: MIA95WA083
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 15, 1995 in SAN NICHOLAS, Argentina
Aircraft: BELL 206-B3, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On March 15, 1995, about 1145 Atlantic standard time, a Bell helicopter,LV-WFZ, registered to Heli-Air, Buenos Aires, Argentina, crashed after striking wires near San Nicholas, Argentina, while on a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a VFR flight plan had been filed and activated. The helicopter was destroyed and the pilot and the student pilot rated passenger received fatal injuries. The flight had originated from Buenos Aires, about 1020 the same day.

Initial information is that the helicopter struck a 3-inch diameter powerline wire about 200 meters above the ground. The pilot was Carlos Menem, Jr., the son of the President of Argentina, and the passenger Silvio Oltra was a friend of the pilot. Both pilots were race car drivers and were en route to Rosario, about 190 miles North of Buenos Aires for a race scheduled for March 19, 1995.

This report is filed for information purposes only and contains only information received from, or obtained for, the Argentine aviation authorities for additional information contact:

Presidente ATTN: Horacio Viola Junta de Investigacion de Accidentes Aviacion Civil Edif. Condor Comodoro Zanni 250 1104 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Telephone: 011-541-315-2222

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