NTSB Identification: FTW97RA323
Accident occurred Thursday, August 21, 1997 in ARICA, Peru
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration: N2246Q
Injuries: 3 Fatal,3 Serious.

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

On August 21, 1997, approximately 1145 central daylight time, a Bell 206L-1 helicopter, N2246Q, was destroyed during a forced landing when it collided with trees and subsequently impacted the ground near Arica, Peru. The commercial pilot and 2 passengers received fatal injuries, and the other 3 passengers sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., of Lafayette, Louisiana, and operated by Helica del Peru. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross country flight from Arica, an oil exploration work camp, to Casablanca, another work camp.

According to representatives of the operator, a search was initiated about 1215 when the helicopter did not arrive at Casablanca. A "mayday" call from one of the survivors was heard about 1230, and the wreckage was subsequently located approximately 3 miles south of Arica in the jungle.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Peru. Any further information may be obtained from:

Direccion General de Transporte Aereo Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones Avenida 28 de Julio #800 Lima, Peru Telephone 511 433 6710 Fax 511 433 9823

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained for the government of Peru.

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