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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151305
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 365N2 Dauphin 2
Registration: XA-RTL
MSN: 6374
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Izucar de Matamoros, Puebla -   Mexico
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Izucar de Matamoros
Destination airport:
The helicopter was being used to transport the Governor of Puebla State on a tour and had earlier brought him to Izucar for a meeting. However, some 2.5 hours after their arrival, the crew, who were waiting with the helicopter, noticed that a large number of people, later described as 'demonstrators' belonging to an opposition party, the Revolutionist Democratic Party, were approaching the helipad.

One of the governor's aides returned to the helicopter and told the crew to prepare for an immediate departure, however, as the No.1 engine started up, the crowd began to run toward the helicopter and started throwing rocks and bricks. The crew attempted to get airborne on one engine but by this time the helicopter was completely surrounded by the mob who were hitting it with iron bars and hanging onto it. The helicopter was able to lift-off but without sufficient rotor RPM to sustain flight and it subsequently sank back to the ground about 20 feet further on where it was again attacked.

The crew again attempted to get airborne but again although the helicopter was able to lift-off, as the pilot transited to forward flight, it lost height and its tail struck the edge of the helipad. Control was lost and the pilot was forced to land in a field some 250 feet from the helipad.

Airframe rebuilt to AS 365N3 9M-IGB: Written off for the second on final time 04 April 2015 when crashed in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia. (3 fatalities and 3 missing) - which see



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

4 Apr 2015 9M-IGB Solaire Helicopter 6 Semenyih, Selangor w/o

Revision history:

18-Dec-2012 12:23 TB Added
19-Dec-2012 11:35 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2013 11:08 TB Updated [Operator]
28-Nov-2016 22:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 12:41 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Source]

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