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Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:35 am

Reports from BBC World

Mexico minister dies in air crash

The man leading the fight against the Mexican drug trade, Public security Minister Ramon Martin Huerta, has been killed in a helicopter crash.

He was among 9 people who dies when their aircraft went down in mountains near Mexico City, President Vicente Fox has confirmed.

The head of the federal police was also among the dead.

Mr Huerta, a close friend of Mr Fox, was on his way to visit a top security jail when the crash happened.

The helicopter disappeared from radar screens on Wednesday, after the pilot reported an emergency.

Rescue crews trying locate the aircraft were initially hampered by poor weather.

But the wreckage was eventually found near a village west of the capital.

"They are heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty," President Fox said of the nine victims.

Mr Huerta had been leading efforts to stop a wave of drug-related violence that has killed hundreds of people this year.

[Edited 2005-09-22 03:36:54]
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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:40 am

I saw this a while ago in TV and found quite rare not to see any posts of it yet. I thought I just didn't find it.

Does anyone know what registration/helo type it was? (Bell 412 maybe? saw some of those in Mexican government)

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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:42 am

Do they know the cause? (WX, MX, Pilot error, etc)
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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:52 am

Bell 412 helicopter.

Quoting Juventus (Reply 2):
Do they know the cause?

No info about it, but some speculate that the helicopter was shot down.....

Unfortunately the pilot was the father of a neighbor, really sad, he´s going to Mexico city to claim the body.

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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:14 pm

Quoting Juventus (Reply 2):
Do they know the cause? (WX, MX, Pilot error, etc)

The media is reporting that the Secretaría de Gobernación (ministry of the interior) is officially stating the crash was a weather-related accident. Apparently, the crash took place in conditions of zero visibility against the very top of a mountain range.

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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:47 pm

It appears to be an instance of CFIT(Controlled Flight into Terrain). Mexican newspaper "El Universal" (in Spanish)

reports that there was a second helicopter behind that saw when it dissapeared through dense mist.
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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:58 pm

Early news reports described it as a "Bell Helicopter", so probably a 412. Though it doesn't mean that the media is wrong and it actually was an MI-8 series. No pics of the wreckage yet.
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RE: Mexican Helicopter Crash

Fri Sep 23, 2005 5:14 am

Quoting N506CR (Reply 1):
Does anyone know what registration/helo type it was?

It was a Bell 412EP, registration XC-PFI. An unfortunate registration. A helicopter owned by the state of Morelos had that same registration. That helicopter also went down killing its 8 occupants in 1997, also on a government flight assignment.

According to a witness that actually reached the crash site, there was nothing recognizable left. Just burnt, small pieces of wreckage. No word on the bodies but I guess it can be surmised.

So, I believe it is your typical CFIT

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