Petronorte helicopter Crash

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
By George Hatcher


On July 9, 2013 around 9 a.m., a Petronorte MBB/Kawasaki BK 117A-4 was en route to repair the Caño Limon oil pipeline when it crashed near the town of Ocaña in the Norte de Santander, Colombia.

Five people were aboard the helicopter when it crashed.

The damage to the oil pipeline was the result of a FARC attack. The helicopter may have also been attacked but the stories are conflicting. Another report mentions the helicopter striking electrical wires.

The army assisted the oil company with retrieval of the three crewmembers and two petroleum technical workers who died in the crash.

Civil Aeronautics is investigating.

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