DFW05WA184
DFW05WA184

On July 17, 2005, at 2030 central daylight time, a Bell 412 helicopter, Mexican registration XA-VVD, was substantially damaged upon impact with the water following an in-flight encounter with severe weather while attempting to land at an offshore platform near Ciudad del Carmen, State of Campeche, in the Republic of Mexico. The two commercial pilots were fatally injured. The helicopter, serial number 36266, was owned by Helivan S.A de C.V of Mexico City, Mexico, and was being operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area at the time of the accident.

The helicopter was reported to have been involved in the emergency evacuation of personnel from the offshore platforms operated by PEMEX in the Bay of Campeche, in the Gulf of Mexico. High winds and torrential showers prevailed throughout the area ahead of Hurricane Emily.

The accident investigation is under the control and jurisdiction 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 (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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