NTSB Identification: WAS01WA009
Accident occurred Friday, May 25, 2001 in ROCAFUERTE, Ecuador
Aircraft: Bell 206L-1, registration:
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

On May 25, 2001, at 2215 UTC, a Bell 206L-1 single-engine helicopter, Ecuadorian Registration HC-BQP, was destroyed during a forced landing following a reported loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Rocafuerte, in the Republic of Ecuador. The commercial pilot and the loadmaster sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was owned and operated by Aeromasters S.A., of Quito, Ecuador, as an on-demand air taxi commercial flight. The flight, which originated from Coca, Ecuador, approximately 30 minutes prior to the accident, was destined to an oil exploration camp known as Nuevo Rocafuerte.

The operator reported to the local authorities that the helicopter was transporting two 55-gallon drums of diesel fuel on a 175-foot long sling at an altitude of 1,500 feet above the jungles of the Amazon Basin. The pilot reported that the nose of the helicopter oscillated and he observed fluctuating engine instruments.

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

Republic of Ecuador
Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Buenos Aires 149 y 10 de Agosto
P.O. Box 2077
Quito, Ecuador

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the Government of the Republic of Ecuador.

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