NTSB Identification: WAS02RA017
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 05, 2002 in Ishpingo, Ecuador
Aircraft: Bell 212, registration:
Injuries: 5 Serious,5 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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

On February 5, 2002, at 1547 eastern daylight time, a Bell 212 helicopter, Ecuadorian registration HC-CBN, was destroyed upon impact with terrain during a forced landing following a reported loss of power during takeoff from a heliport near Ishpingo, Province of Orellana, in the Republic of Ecuador. The two commercial pilots and 3 passengers sustained serious injuries, 5 passengers received minor injuries and 3 passenger were not injured. The helicopter, serial number 31270, was owned and operated by Aeromasters Airways of Quito, Ecuador. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the on-demand air taxi flight for which a VFR flight plan was filed. The flight, which was destined for the Tiputini Airport, was originating at the time of the accident.

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

Republica del 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 DGAC of the Republic of Ecuador.

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