On May 17, 1999, at 1105 eastern standard time, a Bell 206L4 helicopter, Ecuadorian registration HC-BYQ (serial number 52207), was substantially damaged during impact with water following a loss of control while attempting to takeoff from a remote high altitude field site near Cuenca, Ecuador. The commercial pilot and one of his passengers sustained serious injuries, while two other passengers sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was owned and operated by ICARO S.A, an Ecuadorian air taxi operator based in Quito, Ecuador. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the air taxi flight. The flight, which was destined for Guayaquil, Ecuador, was originating at the time of the accident.

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

Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) Departamento de Seguridad de Vuelo Buenos Aires 149 y calle 10 de Agosto P.O. Box 2077 Quito, Ecuador

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

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