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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137317
Last updated: 27 September 2021
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Date:08-JUL-2011
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV
Owner/operator:Desarrollos Alternos SA
Registration: TG-MUK
MSN: 52389
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Giralda Santa Cruz village -   Guatemala
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Quiché
Destination airport:Guatemala City
Investigating agency: SVIA Guatemala
Narrative:
The Bell 206 suffered a wirestrike accident as it impacted electricity cables and crashed.
The Nationalist Change Union party says politician Mauricio Urruela survived but a congressional candidate and bodyguard flying with him died instantly in the accident in the town of Chimaltenango.

PROBABLE CAUSES:
Lack of information or knowledge of possible obstacles to flying over the accident area, in this case the existence of power lines and the care to observe this type of towers in the displacement of the flight, over the mountains of the Municipality of Tecpán.
The reconnaissance flight or transfer flight over the mountains of the Municipality of Tecpán and directing the flight towards the front, with the presence of the SUN on the horizon, did not allow the pilot to visualize the presence of electric cables, this due to the silver color of the same, the thickness and curvature adopted by the same weight of the cables, especially the time of the sunset, because the sun is in a horizontal position in reference to the position with the direction of flight.

The preparation of the flight in route, for its transfer of the departure point until its destiny, was not made to maintain the prudent altitude and of security established in the RAC's.
Republic of Guatemala
The disorientation in flight, while making reconnaissance over the Municipality of Tecpán, after several overflights of the same place.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/helicopter-crash-critically-injures-guatemalan-vp-candidate-kills-2-others-on-flight/2011/07/09/gIQAJbCn4H_story.html?wprss=rss_world_&noredirect=on
http://www.2space.net/news/article/367669-1310181602/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: SVIA Guatemala
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jul-2011 00:48 gerard57 Added
09-Jul-2011 01:02 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Source]
09-Jul-2011 11:33 Black Typhoon Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
09-Jul-2011 13:18 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Aug-2011 06:09 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
09-Jul-2012 01:54 Guest Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2016 17:01 harro Updated [Narrative]
29-Oct-2019 14:32 Uli Elch Updated [Operator]
13-Apr-2020 07:06 harro Updated [Operator, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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