Helicopter Crash off the Coast of Brazil

Thursday, March 28, 2013
By George Hatcher

On March 27, 2013, a Líder Táxi Aéreo Bell 412SP was en route from Rio de Janeiro to an oil platform (Petrobras P-7 rig) with three people aboard when it made an emergency landing near an oil platform Bacia de Campos Brazil.

Líder Táxi Aéreo and Petrobras say it was a controlled landing.

The three crew were able to use a lifeboat.

The helicopter’s flotation device was activated and the chopper floated to the surface but capsized.

The owner of the helicopter made this statement:
The aircraft performed a controlled landing in the water near the platform Petrobras P-7. The three occupants of the aircraft were immediately rescued and are doing fine. The freighter Petrobras, with the technical leader, are already providing the withdrawal of aircraft and general cargo. All measures of investigation are ongoing and all bodies were triggered. We reiterate that all safety procedures, maintenance and training are up to date and used properly.

Petrobras reported the incident to the (Brazilian) ANP, Navy and Air Force who will be investigating.

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