SJOtoLIR From Costa Rica, joined Jul 2007, 4846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2471 times:
The initial technical conclusions blames the main engine for the helicopter crash in Panama City on May 28th.
A technical review found "evidence that motor No. 1 was not operating normally at the time of the accident," Panama's Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement. It gave no details on the problem with the engine, but said both motors would be sent to the manufacturer for analysis.
The 12-seat helicopter was built in 1973. It had been used by President Martin Torrijos and his father, former President Gen. Omar Torrijos. The elder Torrijos died in an airplane crash in Panama in 1981.
Panamanian Interior Minister Daniel Delgado acknowledged last week that the chopper was old but well maintained.
Officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration were assisting in the investigation.