ERA12WA086
ERA12WA086

On November 25, 2011, about 1640 coordinated universal time (1140 local time), a Bell 212, Ecuadorian registration HC-CLH, operated by Aeromaster Airways, S.A., was substantially damaged when it impacted steep terrain next to the company's helipad in Quito, Ecuador. The two Ecuadorian pilots and two on board mechanics were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local post-maintenance check flight conducted under Ecuadorian flight regulations.

Preliminary information from Ecuadorian authorities indicated that the helicopter had first conducted a series of hover checks before initiating a takeoff over a ravine. According to the pilot, during the takeoff, the helicopter lost rotor rpm, and he attempted a return to the helipad. However, the helicopter impacted the side of the helipad and descended 36 meters to the bottom of the ravine, where it came to rest on its left side in a creek.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Ecuador. Further information can be obtained from:

Dirección General de Aviación Civil
Junta Investigadora de Accidentes de la República del Ecuador
Avenida Colón E5-56 y La Rábida
Edificio Ave María Torre Sur
Quito, República del Ecuador
Tel: 593-02-223-8981
www.dgac.gov.ec

This report is for informational purposes, and only contains information released by the government of Ecuador.

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