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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69165
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Date:17-OCT-2009
Time:13:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Helibras HB350B2 Esquilo
Owner/operator:Rio de Janeiro Military Police
Registration: PR-EPM
C/n / msn: 3890
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:São João area, near "Morro dos Macacos" favela, N of Rio de Janeiro -   Brazil
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Grupamento Aéreo Marítimo, Rio de Janeiro
Destination airport:Grupamento Aéreo Marítimo, Rio de Janeiro
Narrative:
AS350B2 of the military police of the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro (registration PR-EPM) flew to the area between the Macacos hill and the hill of the São João, Vila Isabel, near the "Morro dos Macacos" favela, north of Rio de Janeiro City, in support of a police operation against drug dealers.

The helicopter was shot at (and hit) by persons on the ground with firearms. and the pilot was shot in the leg. He tried to land but the helicopter crashed and caught fire. According to various reports, three people were killed in a helicopter while the remaining three were injured. Nine other people were killed in the same area at the same time (hence the newspaper headlines about "12 killed"); however these other nine persons were killed by gunshot wounds, during a gun battle between the Drug Gangs and the Military Police, and were not directly related to the crash of PR-EPM.

Sources:

1. http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Rio/0,,MUL1344862-5606,00.html
2. http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/cotidiano/ult95u639408.shtml
3. http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/12-die-as-drug-gangs-down-chopper-in-rio-20091018-h2de.html
4. http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Rio/0,,MUL1346233-5606,00.html
5. http://desastresaereosnews.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/helicoptero-da-pm-e-alvejado-no-rio.html
6. https://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocopter_AS350
7. Photo of burning wreckage: http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Rio/foto/0,,28532466-EX,00.jpg
8. http://xklsv.org/viewwiki.php?title=Eurocopter%20A-Star
9. http://aeroportodemacaerjsbme.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/helicoptero-helibras-hb-350b-esquilo-i.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Oct-2009 23:24 robbreid Added
18-Oct-2009 01:04 slowkid Updated
18-Oct-2009 07:16 RobertMB Updated
18-Oct-2009 21:04 robbreid Updated
19-Oct-2009 23:50 jorgetadeu7 Updated
20-Oct-2009 10:26 EDSON DANTAS Updated
06-Jun-2012 03:44 TB Updated [Source]
26-Jul-2014 23:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]

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