On March 21, 2000, at 1240 central standard time, a Canadian manufactured Bell 206L4, Mexican registration XC-JCF, was destroyed upon impact with an office building following a loss of control during takeoff from a heliport in downtown Toluca, State of Mexico, in the Republic of Mexico. The non-instrument rated commercial pilot, the non-rated observer, and the 4 passengers aboard the helicopter were fatally injured. The helicopter was owned by the Government of the State of Mexico, and was being operated by the State Police. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the aerial observation flight for which a company VFR flight plan was filed. The flight departed from the Toluca International Airport (MTLC) at 1220, and made an intermediate stop at the helipad atop the State Office building to pick up 4 government officials. The accident occurred as the helicopter attempted to depart the helipad.

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

Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil Providencia 807, Cuarto Piso Colonia del Valle, Codigo Postal 03100 Mexico, D.F.

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

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