Helicopter Crashes While Filming Robbery
What: Record TV News helicopter
Where: Sao Paulo’s jockey club
When: February 10
Who: Pilot and cameraman
Why: News network’s Astar helicopter developed rear engine failure and careened to the grass of Sao Paulo’s jockey club. The pilot managed to avoid rush hour traffic on Marginal Pinheiros, and no one on the ground was injured. The cameraman Alexandre Borracha was conscious when on the way to the hospital, surviving with serious injury. The pilot Rafael Delgado Sobrinho was found slumped over the controls died on the scene. The accident was filmed by another news crew.
Pilot of the helicopter filming the crash incident was Globo pilot Dato de Oliveira, who followed and landed, and rushed to assist; he turned off the fuel pump and battery to avoid an explosion.
Both crews were in the area filming a bank robbery.
Longer video from the crashed vehicle and Portuguese newscast