30-Nov-14 C-26 Eurocopter EC135T2 San Miguel, Chile

The helicopter landed on scene at a road accident involving an intoxicated driver whose car hit a Carabineros vehicle.  With rotors turning, a fire department vehicle got too close and clipped the blades.  Initially the helicopter spun 90 degrees on the ground before the damage caused the tail boom to break off a few seconds later.  With the engine(s) still running at high speed, the cabin of the helicopter then began spinning uncontrollably on the ground for a further 52 seconds approx until the fuel caught and created a massive explosion reducing the aircraft to a pile of parts.  See videos here and here.  Both on board survived with injuries, including pilot Captain Mario Arce Esperidon, plus the three involved in the road accident.  The tail boom was remarkably lightly damaged, by being thrown clear of the centre part of the scene

Date
November 30, 2014
Reg
C-26
Make
Eurocopter
Model
EC135
MSN
0768
Location
Gran Avenida, San Miguel
Country
Chile
CivilMilitary
Military
Operator
Carabineiros-de-Chile
Link 1
http://www.24horas.cl/nacional/accidente-de-helicoptero-de-carabineros-en-san-miguel-1512491
Link 2
http://www.soychile.cl/Santiago/Policial/2014/11/30/290411/El-video-del-impactante-accidente-del-helicoptero-de-Carabineros-que-se-incendio-en-Gran-Avenida.aspx
Link 3
http://www.emol.com/noticias/nacional/2014/11/30/692380/accidente-que-involucro-a-helicoptero-policial-en-san-miguel-deja-5-uniformados-heridos.html

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