NTSB Identification: FTW00RA241
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2000 in SAN JUANITO, Mexico
Aircraft: Bell 412, registration:
Injuries: 2 Serious,7 Uninjured.

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

On June 8, 2000, at 1805 central daylight time, a Bell 412 helicopter, Mexican registration XATPH, was substantially damaged during a hard landing following a loss of control while approaching to land near San Juanito, State of Chihuahua, in the Republic of Mexico. Two firefighters sustained serious injuries. The commercial pilot, the aircraft mechanic, and the remaining five firefighters were not injured. The helicopter was owned by Petroleum Helicopters Inc., (PHI) of Lafayette, Louisiana, and was being operated by Helicopteros y Vehiculos Aereos Nacionales S.A. de C.V., (HELIVAN) of Mexico, D.F. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight for which a company VFR flight plan was filed. The fire suppression flight originated from a nearby landing zone at time unknown.

The operator reported to the local investigating authorities that during the approach to land, the helicopter yawed to the right and nose pitched up. The helicopter made 2 or 3 revolutions to the right and the helicopter landed hard during the ensuing autorotation.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Republic of Mexico. Any further information may be obtained from:

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil Providencia 807, Cuarto Piso Colonia del Valle, Codigo Postal 03100 Mexico, D.F.

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Mexico.

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