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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 to the Department of Health, Puerto Rico. The aircraft is configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and equipped to conduct medical rescue missions throughout the region. “The Bell 429 has proven its capabilities in a number of mission… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 16-Jan-17

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10-Jan-15 N348VH Robinson R22 Catano Bay, Puerto Rico

Crashed into water killing the sole occupant pilot

10-Jan-15

02-Jan-15 N3183T Robinson R44 San Juan, Puerto Rico (1F)

Fatal accident, no further details yet

02-Jan-15

Puerto Rico fails to pay – last air ambulance closes down

Puerto Rico fails to pay – last air ambulance closes down

AEROMED ceases operations… and by the time without air ambulance Puerto Rico once more Puerto Rico without air ambulance. After 18 months without receiving a single payment from the Department of health and instead submit a proposal to commit to pay only 17 of 262 flights in that period of time at a rate below… Read more »

Source: Aeromed, 15-Sep-14

Bell showcases 429 WLG’s capabilities through 5 month Latin America demo tour

Bell showcases 429 WLG’s capabilities through 5 month Latin America demo tour

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased the versatility and superior performance of the Bell 429 WLG, the aircraft’s wheeled landing gear variant, with nearly 60 demonstration flights between March 2014 to July 2014 in Latin America. “We received great feedback from our customers about the retractable landing gear for ground taxi operations,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Aug-14

Aeromed Awarded NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

Aeromed Awarded NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) is awarding Aeromed (Traslados Medicos de Puerto Rico) accreditation for their rotor-wing program. We are excited to include them within the NAAMTA Alliance, and thus are privy to the benefits associated. NAAMTA’s Alliance Members are… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 21-May-14

Puerto Rico Police sell three MD500Es to UK dealer

As part of their fleet upgrade, the Puerto Rico Police retained their Bell 407 (to add to their new Bell helicopters) and disposed of the remainder of the fleet. This entailed selling three MD Helicopters MD500E aircraft, one built in 1985 and the other two from the factory 1992:- N5231G – serial 0120E N127PD –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-14

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New commanding officer at CGAS Borinquen

New commanding officer at CGAS Borinquen

Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen received a new commanding officer Tuesday morning during the unit’s change of command ceremony at the base aircraft hangar in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Captain Patricia A. McFetridge, Air Station Borinquen’s new Commanding Officer, assumed command of the Coast Guard’s only aviation unit in the Caribbean, which is responsible for conducting… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 06-Jun-13

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02-Mar-13 N834RC Robinson R44 Ciales, Puerto Rico

Struck powerlines and crashed, reportedly after engine failure.  Helicopter destroyed

02-Mar-13

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18-Aug-12 N118EC Bell 206B San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lack of fuel.  The helicopter landed hard and the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tail boom, forward of the tail rotor assembly.

18-Aug-12

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03-Mar-12 N20LA Robinson R44 Baranquitas, Puerto Rico

Tail sustained damage on take-off

03-Mar-12

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30-Jul-11 N413LP Eurocopter AS350B3 Humacao, Puerto Rico

Tail rotor struck trailer on landing

30-Jul-11

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US military close fatal Puerto Rico UH-72A crash investigation without an answer

US military close fatal Puerto Rico UH-72A crash investigation without an answer

Military authorities have ended an investigation into a crash of a Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter that killed six people, saying they could not determine what caused the December accident.  See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 20-Dec-10 07-02069 Eurocopter UH-72 Vieques, Puerto Rico (6F)

Source: Boston Globe, 29-Mar-11

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20-Dec-10 07-02069 Eurocopter UH-72 Vieques, Puerto Rico (6F)

A Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter crashed in the ocean after returning from a drug raid.  Six fatalities included four from the  Puerto Rico National Guard -0 Col. Victor Torres Rodriguez, Sgt. Jose Omar Sostre, Mario Torres Marin and Francisco Mujica de Leon.  The Pilots were Hector Ramirez or Carlos Acevedo.

20-Dec-10

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Suspect caught in police helicopter pilot’s shooting

Suspect caught in police helicopter pilot’s shooting

Story refers to event of 04-May-10 at Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico

Source: Caribbean Business, 01-Sep-10

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08-Aug-10 N367JM Robinson R44 San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

08-Aug-10

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Puerto Rico seeks suspect in fatal police helicopter shooting

Federal authorities issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a man they say fired at a Puerto Rico police helicopter and injured two people, one of whom later died.  (See HeliHub.com accident page here)

Source: Taiwan News, 19-May-10

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04-May-10 (Reg/type TBA) Río Piedras, Puerto Rico (1F)

04-May-10

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05-Nov-09 N440M Robinson R44 Morvis, Puerto Rico

05-Nov-09

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EADS delivers first UH-72A for basing outside of continental US

EADS delivers first UH-72A for basing outside of continental US

The first two EADS North America-built UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters to be based outside of the continental United States have been delivered to the U.S. Army for operations in Puerto Rico.

Source: EADS, 21-Jul-09

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