Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

12-Jul-2021 Source:

Yesterday saw two twin-turbine helicopters have accidents in Spain.

In the early hours of the morning, a Customs AS365N3 Dauphin operated by Eliance was chasing a boat crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, suspected of drug running.  No details have yet been released as to the circumstances of how the helicopter ended up in the water.  The image below (published by the Spanish Government Salvamento Maritimo rescue service) shows it with floats deployed, floating upside down.  The three on board are reported to have got out OK and were receiving medical assistance when the Observer succumbed to his injuries.  Pilot and CoPilot are in hospital.

For more info see 11-Jul-21 EC-JDQ Airbus AS365N3 Strait of Gibraltar, Spain (1F)

Around 8pm in the evening, a Bell 412 operated by Rotorsun had just completed a water pickup, while responding to the “Cinco Villas” fire.  Helicopter appears to have lost power and after ascending to ensure the Bambi Bucket was clear of the water, then appeared to lose power and decended into the lake.  Both on board were rescued OK.

For more info see 11-Jul-21 EC-MTS Bell 412 Ejea, Spain.  The 412 is seen here in a recent social media post by the State Government of Aragon, which was leasing the aircraft

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