On December 18, 2001, at 1430 central standard time, a Bell 412EP, Mexican Registration XC-PUE, was substantially damaged upon collision with a fence and a residence while attempting to depart from a soccer field near Rio Frio, in the State of Puebla, Republic of Mexico. The commercial pilot was seriously injured, while the flight mechanic and eight passengers aboard the helicopter were not injured. The helicopter, which was owed and operated by the Government of the State of Puebla, was being utilized by staff members to evaluate seismic activity and possible evacuation of residents in the vicinity of the Pococatepel volcano. Flight visibility was impaired by volcanic ashes and dust from other helicopters that had departed from the same field. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

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

Secretraria de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC)
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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