On May 2, 2002, at 1419 universal coordinated time (UTC), a Bell 206L3 helicopter, Ecuadorian registration HC-BXA, was substantially damaged during a practice autorotational landing at the Francisco de Orellana Airport, near Coca, in the Republic of Ecuador. The commercial pilot and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter, serial number 51606, was owned and operated by Icaro S.A., of Quito, Ecuador. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight for which a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the same location approximately 15 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported to the local authorities that he was unable to maintain directional control of the helicopter after he increased collective pressure to cushion the landing during a practice autorotation.

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

Republica del Ecuador
Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Buenos Aires 149 y 10 de Agosto
P.O. Box 2077
Quito, Ecuador

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

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