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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58720
Last updated: 17 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H Iroquois (205)
Owner/operator:Flight Service Helicopteros
Registration: CC-CBW
C/n / msn: 10810
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Polhuín Hill, near Chanco -   Chile
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Quirihue Sector, Eighth Region
A helicopter carrying firefighters from a forest fire crashed into a hill near Chanco in the Maule region of southern Chile killing 13 people on board. The head of the National Forest Service, Dante Bravo, says the helicopter had just retrieved the firefighters from a day's work battling a blaze in a Eucalyptus plantation and were on their way to another forest fire in the Quirihue Sector of the Eighth Region. The fire was still being controlled at the time of their crash. The victims were young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who worked for Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion, a Chilean timber and pulp company known as CELCO. An emergency official said that there was a dense mist in the area and that there was light rain at the time of the crash. The helicopter completley disintegrated on impact and caught fire. When emergency personel arrived on the scene they found no survivors. Wreckage was scattered over a distance of more than 120m. Three bodies were still in the cabin and the others were spread in the surrounding area including some thickets. The crash scene was in a remote rugged area only accessable by 4 wheel drive vehicles, which hampered the recovery effort which continued throughout the night. 50 volunteers worked on the site, assuming control of the situation at 05:00 on February 16.


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Revision history:

15-Feb-2009 23:55 Topaz Added
16-Feb-2009 00:07 Topaz Updated
17-Feb-2009 03:42 Topaz Updated
01-Jun-2010 06:52 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
20-Aug-2017 19:34 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source]

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