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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161940
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 212
Owner/operator:25 Flight British Army Air Corps
Registration: ZJ965
MSN: 31170
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nova Farms Compound, 5 miles N of Ladyville -   Belize
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Belize International Airport
Destination airport:
All BATSUB helicopters are grounded tonight after a Bell 212 crashed yesterday in an uninhabited area south of the Maxboro housing community.

Two pilots were on board and they were doing landing drills in an empty shrimp pond on the Nova Farms Compound. Eyewitnesses say the nose of the Bell helicopter dipped too much forward, and its blades touched the ground. That caused the helicopter to flail to the ground and burst into flames.

Both pilots escaped without any serious injury. Commanding Officer for BATSUB in Belize Lt. Col. Peter Germaine confirmed that the helicopter started service in Belize in 2003. BATSUB has two others: one is working, but grounded as a precaution, and another is undergoing maintenance.
Because the copters are so widely relied upon for training British and BDF Forces, and mostly for emergency medical evacuations, Lt. Col. Germaine says the working one should be cleared tomorrow, and they will try to get the other and working by next week.
He confirmed that both pilots have gone for MRI tests and have no serious injuries. He says one of them is a qualified instructor and the other pilot was new to Belize and was undergoing required training to familiarize himself with flying and environmental conditions in Belize.



Revision history:

06-Nov-2013 17:49 TB Added
08-Apr-2014 19:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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