On March 8, 2000, at 0807 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC / 1607 local time) a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter, registration PK-PUK and operated by PT. Pelita Air Service, departed Kakap Natune (an off-shore oil rig north of the Island of Borneo) following the transfer of 9 passengers. At the time of the accident, there were two pilots and no passengers on board. The weather was reported as clear for the flight to Palau Matak Island. At 0823 UTC the flight's last radio transmission was a position report at checkpoint Kilo-2. The flight did not make a position report at Kilo-1 checkpoint, scheduled for 0838 UTC. A search and rescue helicopter departed at 0855 UTC and found wreckage on the water. Both pilots were fatally injured in the flight flown under visual flight rules and conducted under the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority, Indonesia.

Personnel and the wreckage were recovered from a water depth of 80 to 90 meters. Components, including the main gearbox and both engines, were transferred to a maintenance facility in Bandung, Indonesia, where engineering examinations were conducted under the authority of the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC), National Transportation Safety Center (NTSC), Indonesia. The IIC was assisted in the examinations by product safety and engineering personnel from Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut, and Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana. Subsequently, components were sent by NTSC to the United States, for engineering examinations at Sikorsky Aircraft, Rolls Royce, and Honeywell.

The location of the accident was at 04 degrees 06.57 minutes north latitude, 106 degrees 05.27 minutes east latitude.

For further information, contact:

Dr. O. Diran Chairman, NTSC Directorate General of Air Communications Jalan Angkasa 1/2 Kemayoran Jakarta, Indonesia

Tel. (021) 4209348 / 418016 / 413417 Fax -416779 / 411457 / 411169

U. S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy Office of Aviation Safety, Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20 Tel. (202) 314-6314 Fax. -6329

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