NTSB Identification: CEN09WA188
Accident occurred Saturday, February 28, 2009 in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Aircraft: BELL 212, registration:
Injuries: 10 Minor.

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

On February 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM Central Standard Time a Bell Helicopter, model 212, Mexican Registration XC-DES crashed on takeoff from a soccer field near Jesus Maria, Aguascalientes, Mexico. The helicopter was Operated by the Comision Nacional de Agua, and was a VIP flight. The pilot, mechanic and 8 passengers all sustained minor injuries. It was reported that the takeoff attempt was in a downwind condition with power lines and trees around the soccer field. The helicopter got about 120 feet from takeoff spot when the main rotor blades struck a concrete power pole. The aircraft came to rest upright and sustained substantial damage.

A technical adviser from Bell Helicopter traveled to Aguascalientes, Mexico to assist in the DGAC Investigation.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Mexico. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Mexico. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT)
Direccion General de Aeronutica Civil (DGAC)
Col. san Juan de Arrgon, 3-seccion
Del. Venustiano Carrabza
Mexico, D.F, Mexico c.p. 15620
Telephone: 55-2598-0138

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