Bolivia Bell 212 Heli Crashes During Rescue

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By George Hatcher

What: Armada Nacional Bolivariana Bell 212
Where: Playa Valdez port off Margarita Island Venezuela
When: Sept 14 2010
Who: 7 aboard, 2 fatalities, 5 injuries
Why: The Venezuelan military helicopter was engaged in rescuing 21 people aboard 2(?) small boats found adrift at sea. The helicopter had ferried doctors to a frigate, and after taking off from the frigate, collided with a navy research vessel,Armada Oceanógrafo BO-11, and fell into the ocean.

The co-pilot co-pilot, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Alfredo Marquez and a crew member were killed. The pilot, Lieutenant Erick Martínez Sandoval, Lieutenant Edil Martinez and 3 other crew members were injured. The crash is under investigation.

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