Expert claims that helicopter crash in SP may have been caused by part separation during flight

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Air safety specialist Lito Sousa explains that the helicopter crash in the Barra Funda region, west of São Paulo, on Friday (17), may have been caused by the separation of a part of the aircraft during the flight.

The helicopter had departed from Guarujá, on the south coast of São Paulo, towards the capital.

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According to the Fire Department, the pilot and the three passengers, all male, died at the scene.

Lito Sousa explains that parts of the helicopter that are far from the main impact site and the speed with which the aircraft hit the ground “may indicate that there was a structural separation in flight, a loss of control due to the lack of some surface that allows the helicopter to be controlled”.

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The Robinson R44 II model aircraft had a regular status at the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and performed air taxis.

“This specific model is a helicopter widely used in Brazil, the cheapest on the market, sold a lot, it’s a good machine, but it has certain peculiarities in the way it operates”, says Sousa.

In an investigation of data from the Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents (Cenipa), the specialist points out that, in the last 10 years, there have been 98 accidents with the model of aircraft in question – regardless of human or technical failure. “It gives almost 10 accidents a year, that is a very high rate.”

(Published by Gustavo Zanfer, with information from Thiago Felix, from CNN )

Source: CNN Brasil

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