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Bell412 down. RIP Alan Crann

Old 12th Mar 2008, 02:33
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Bell412 down in Peru. RIP Alan Crann

A helicopter for mining giant Rio Tinto has disappeared with 10 people aboard.
The helicopter, took off early Tuesday morning from the company's La Granja copper project, 900km north of the Peruvian capital Lima, carrying two pilots and eight passengers.

"Contact and communication has been lost with the Bell 412B helicopter that provides air transportation to the La Granja Project," the company said in a statement.

Anyone with an update please?
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Old 12th Mar 2008, 20:59
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Unhappy Helinka-Evergreen '412B' Accident in Peru

http://www.livinginperu.com/news-594...cajamarca-peru

Local police in the province of Santa Cruz, located in the northern region of Cajamarca, have spotted the helicopter that disappeared Tuesday morning as it was taking 10 people from La Granja copper mine to the northeastern coastal city of Chiclayo.

According to Manuel Ruiz Bravo, the mayor of Santa Cruz , Commissioner Jesus Tapia Aranda, informed him that parts of the helicopter had been found on Cirato Hill, located in the district of Catache.

It has not been confirmed whether there were any survivors, said the mayor, stating the area was very rugged terrain.

Peruvian police along with help from the air force are organizing a rescue mission and preparing to head to the area.

The Peruvian air force and national police resumed the air and ground search this morning after having suspended it late last night because of bad weather and poor visibility.

Mining giant Rio Tinto was informed that the Bell 412B helicopter was missing by Helinka-Evergreen transportation company on Tuesday.

It was reported that there were two pilots and eight passengers on board. The copper mining company has confirmed that some of its employees were aboard the helicopter.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 02:26
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R.I.P.-Alan Crann

I have only just heard today - so if duplicated apologies. I did search but found no info. So to all those that have lost friends...........

Ten people were killed when a helicopter of mining giant Rio Tinto crashed in central Peru, according to media reports.
Rescue teams found the wreckage of the chopper some 700 km northeast of Peruvian capital, Lima.

The Bell 412B helicopter flying for the British-Australian Rio Tinto mining enterprise went missing from radar screens Tuesday morning.

It had left the company's La Granja copper project, located 260 km north of Lima in Cajamarca, with two pilots and eight passengers aboard.
Residents of a nearby village said almost immediately that the helicopter had crashed during a storm.
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 08:43
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Alan

RIP, my friend Very tragic!!!
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Old 12th Apr 2008, 16:55
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From the NTSB:
On March 3, 2008, about 1120 Peruvian local time, a Bell 412EP, N417EV, owned by Evergreen Helicopters, Incorporated, and operated by Helinka S.A.C., was destroyed when it impacted remote, mountainous terrain about 10 nautical miles west of Santa Cruz, Cajamarca, Peru. The United States certificated airline transport pilot, the Peruvian provisional co-pilot, and 10 passengers were fatally injured. Meteorological conditions at the time of the accident were unknown. The helicopter was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan under Peruvian flight regulations.

Odd that we never heard any more about this. Even the usually sharp PPruner's never questioned the description of a 412B which obviously does not exist. At least the NTSB report cleared that up.

What would meteorological conditions have to do with this accident? Evergreen is a reputable operator with a qualified pilot system, flown by two instrument rated pilots, the 412EP has plenty of power with the two D engines, and every gadget known to man cluttering a fully-IFR instrument panel.

Was EGPWS installed? I even see it installed in offshore aircraft that hardly benefit from it, but flying in mountainous areas it should be a no-brainer. Even if it was a VFR operation, surely the pilots/aircraft should have been sufficiently equipped to survive the occasional inadvertent IFR exposure. Any sign of a mechanical problem?

The strangest thing is that nobody else is wondering about this one.

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Old 12th Apr 2008, 18:15
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Exclamation Alan Crann

Please no speculations!!! It is already bad enough. Hopefully the NTSB is able to shed some light on what happened down there in Peru.
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Old 13th Apr 2008, 13:44
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A great shame. Alan was a gentleman in every sense. RIP

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Old 16th Apr 2008, 23:41
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Look back at the the title of the second post - the inverted commas were there for a reason.

Evergreen reputable? See this fatal accident in Alasaka back in December with a VFR aircraft in IMC.
http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?e...13X01937&key=1

Both aircraft flying missions that EGPWS would be a boon for.
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Old 14th May 2008, 22:07
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Alan Crann

Has there been any further information on this accident yet? Recovery of bodies, etc. I know that Alan Crann was the co-pilot - does anyone know anymore about him?
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Old 15th May 2008, 08:48
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Thumbs down Alan Crann

Alan's body was never found...that is all I know.
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Old 11th Jul 2008, 19:40
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[Peru: US court to see Rio Tinto helicopter crash case
Several months after eight employees for Rio Tinto mining company were killed in a tragic helicopter accident, grieving family members battle to be indemnified for their loved ones' deaths.

Lawyers representing the family members of five of the eight victims confirmed they would be taking the case to US courts so their clients were compensated fairly.

The purpose of taking the case to international courts is to make sure that the victims' families are properly indemnified, said lawyers from Tincopa law firm as well as lawyers from Brent Coon and Associates (BCA).

"Family members, victims of the accident receive a small compensation from insurance companies and that's it, they bury their dead and nothing happens. The compensation that the insurance company wants to give is a minimal sum when compared to what can be received if the case is handled in a US court," said Carmenza Perdomo, marketing director at BCA.

Ladd Sanger, who also works for the same law firm, assured it was difficult to estimate how much each family would receive because each case was handled differently.

Sanger did explain, however, that in these types of accidents an average amount was $1 million. It was reported the case could take from 18 -24 months in a US court.

The two pilots and eight Rio Tinto workers lost their lives after the helicopter crashed into a hill because of strong winds during a storm.

The chopper was ferrying workers from the company's La Granja copper project.

Lawyers claim there was negligence on behalf of the pilots because they did not have permission to fly through dense fog and clouds.
Living in Peru News Peru: US court to see Rio Tinto helicopter crash case

I note from NTSB site:

On March 3, 2008, about 1120 Peruvian local time, a Bell 412EP, N417EV, owned by Evergreen Helicopters, Incorporated, and operated by Helinka S.A.C., was destroyed when it impacted remote, mountainous terrain about 10 nautical miles west of Santa Cruz, Cajamarca, Peru. The United States certificated airline transport pilot, the Peruvian provisional co-pilot, and 10 passengers were fatally injured. Meteorological conditions at the time of the accident were unknown. The helicopter was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan under Peruvian flight regulations.

According to information released by the Peruvian government, the helicopter was transporting eight miners from the Rio Tinto mine to Chiclayo. The helicopter impacted a mountainside about 3,500 feet above sea level, and was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The accident occurred in the vicinity of 6 degrees, 38 minutes south latitude, 79 degrees, 10.5 minutes west longitude.
A provisional co-pilot?
Well worth a look at terrain & route on GoogleEarth, impact about 500m south of the river.
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Old 12th Dec 2008, 03:21
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Alan Crann

A friend pointed out this forum and I thought you may want an update. I am Alan's wife...the accident was on March 11. The weather was legal on take off at the mine and fine down in Chiclayo. Unfortunately, the weather changed dramatically and the accident happened about 12 minutes out. Alan's body was never recovered and I'm going to Peru in a few weeks to appear in court to request a presumptive death certificate.

Thank you for the kind comments about Alan. He was a true gentleman, wonderful Dad and very loving husband.

Again, thank you. Please take care of yourselves.
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Old 12th Dec 2008, 10:29
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As tragic as it was, it is always good to hear from the partner eventually. To Alan's wife, thank-you for posting. It is great reassurance that you understand the helicopter industry, and the unfortunate & tragic loss that can be involved with it. I am sorry for your loss. Alan sounded like a wise knowledgably man, with awesome respect from people here.

I hope everything works out for you in the future. Alan's efforts would have been at the highest level at the time.

"A toast" ... KP
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RIP mate. You are sadley missed.
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