NTSB Identification: DFW07WA094
Accident occurred Saturday, April 21, 2007 in Changuinola, Panama
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal,2 Serious.

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

On April 21, 2007, at 0730 central daylight time, a single-engine Bell 206 helicopter, Panamanian registration HP-1602HF, was destroyed following a loss of control while landing on a confined jungle clearing near Changuinola, Province of Bocas del Toro, in the Republic of Panama. The commercial pilot and one of the passengers were fatally injured and two of the passengers were seriously injured. The helicopter, serial number 4043, was being operated by Heliflight of Panama S.A. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area for the on-demand air taxi flight for which a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from mining Camp Chang 75 about 15 minutes prior to the accident.

Local authorities reported that the flight's destination was a confined jungle clearing on the side of a heavily wooded mountain. One of the surviving passengers reported that during the landing touchdown, one of the landing gear skids came to rest in the wet ground outbound of the landing area. The pilot lost control of the helicopter while attempting to reposition the helicopter on the landing area. There was no fire.

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

Jefatura de la Unidad de Prevencion e Investigacion de Accidentes
Autoridad Aeronautica Civil (AAC)
Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelarbert-Albrook
Via Diogenes de la Rosa, Edificio 805
Apartado 7501 o 7615
Panama 5,
Republica de Panama

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the AAC of Panama

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