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17 de Jan de 2021

Nacional

Helicopter crash due to human error

PANAMA. The government recently concluded the investigation on the helicopter accident that occurred almost a year ago, causing the dea...

PANAMA. The government recently concluded the investigation on the helicopter accident that occurred almost a year ago, causing the deaths of the Chilean Police Chief and 10 others.

It is standing behind its original assessment that the accident was caused by human error.

The Ministry of Government and Justice says the Civil Aeronautics Authority concluded the technical and aeronautics portion of the SAN-100 helicopter accident that took place on May 20, 2008 after they received the final report from the engine manufacturers, the Canadian company Pratt & Whitney.

“Once we received the company’s report, it was added to the final report on the accident, which doesn’t alter the probable cause of the crash, already determined,” said the Ministry.

In July 2008, an investigation board delivered a report on the accident which was missing only the Pratt & Whitney final assessment.

The report had established that the pilot likely reacted inadequately when signs of an engine failure first appeared. The Chilean Police Chief, General Jose Alejandro Bernales, died in the accident. One of the Panamanians on board survived.

The Ministry said that two experts from the General Civil Aeronautics Directive from Chile participated in the investigation, as well as US and Canadian experts.

In December, Panamanian and Chilean authorities got together to negotiate measures to be taken for the families of the accident’s victims.