Helicopter belonging to Pemex contractors falls into the sea in Sonda de Campeche

A helicopter that supplied food to a Pemex platform it fell into the sea and its two crew members are missing, reveals an internal card of the Undersecretary of Transportation of the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT).

It is the company’s Bell HT 412 type helicopter with registration XA-BNA Aeroservicios Especializados SA de CV that on Thursday, December 22, at 10:10 p.m., she reported to the Emergency Tower in Ciudad del Carmen that she was going to carry out an emergency ditching, that is, that she was forced to land at sea.

The pilot of the aircraft and his co-pilot, identified with the licenses in the name of Francisco Javier Nájera Morales and Miguel Ángel López Hinojosa, respectivelyThey were traveling back to land after supplying food to the Pemex platform called “Estabilizado” that is located within the Campeche Sound.

Other reports indicate that the failed ditching was recorded in the same Sonda de Campeche, near the maritime terminal of Cayo Arcas, at an approximate distance of 174 kilometers from Isla del Carmen, for which the search and rescue protocol was activated.

After the aircraft crashed, at 10:24 p.m. the Tanok boat reported near the scene of the accident to support the rescue efforts.

At 10:26 p.m., the Mexican Navy-Navy Secretariat (Semar) and the Air Surveillance System (Siva) of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) on the disappearance of the aircraft, for the issuance of the corresponding alerts.

In addition, the Ciudad del Carmen Airport Command reported the incident to the Air Safety Executive Directorate of the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC).

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At 11:45 p.m., a boat in charge of Major Felipe Castillo located the wreckage of the aircraft, but without locating the crew members, for which reason they asked Petróleos Mexicanos to go to the area with divers to carry out search work in deep waters.

According to the information card of the SICT, the Pemex divers were going to present themselves until five in the morning this Fridaywhich reduces the possibility of finding the helicopter crew alive.

On November 17, the fall of a helicopter in which the former Secretary of Public Security of Aguascalientes, Porfirio Sánchez Mendoza, and four other people were traveling: Olegario Andrade Zamorano and Victor Manuel Valdez Sánchez (pilot and captain of the ship), as well as Juan Humberto Rincón Martínez and Alejandro Serafín Guerrero (aircraft gunners). The investigation of this case is still ongoing, but the Attorney General’s Office ruled out that the aircraft had been attacked.


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