Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

3-Jul-2012 Source:

A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.  Both were firefighting.  The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.  Both helicopters were operated by INAER.

We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages. opens a new page for each event, and the links to each are below

There are currently two main fires in Spain, and figures varying between 20,000 and 48,000 hectares are reported to have been destroyed – the worst record for ten years.  Summer temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius following the driest winter in 70 years have contributed to the problems.

A total of over 2,000 personnel and 41 aircraft are currently involved in the firefighting

Jeremy Parkin,

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