On November 4, 2001, at 1400 universal coordinated time, a Bell 206B helicopter, Venezuelan Registration YV-OGEZ, was destroyed during a forced landing following a reported loss of engine power during cruise flight near Maracaibo, Venezuela. The commercial pilot, the co-pilot, and a passenger were seriously injured. The helicopter, serial number 206-1542, was owned by the Government of the State of Zulia, and was being operated by the Maracaibo Police Department. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the aerial observation flight for which a VFR flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from the Maracaibo International Airport approximately an hour prior to the accident.

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

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Oficina de Inspectoria Aeronautica
Parque Central, Torre Este, Piso 34
Apartado de Correos 17587
Caracas, Venezuela

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the Government of Venezuela

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