Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Rotorheads
Reload this Page >

SAR Heli down in Almeria

Rotorheads A haven for helicopter professionals to discuss the things that affect them

SAR Heli down in Almeria

Old 21st Jan 2010, 21:50
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Spain
Age: 43
Posts: 35
SAR Heli down in Almeria

Hating to see how the worst predictions come true, this is going to be a long year

The Helimer SAR AW139 went down 4 nm off the coast of Almeria(Spain). They were doing some practical maneouvers when ATC lost contact. Half of the helis of the company have gone searching for them, only one has been rescued so far, with serious injuries. The other 3 members are still missing. Only bits and red flares were found at the wreck site.

Initial coverage of the news here: (in Spanish)

Tres desaparecidos al caer un helicóptero de Salvamento Marítimo al mar en Almería - RTVE.es

Tomorrow morning is going to be a sad day at work. My best wishes to the fellow colleagues missing, there is still Hope.
borjaracing is offline  
Old 21st Jan 2010, 22:18
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: home and abroad
Posts: 582
Bl**dy Hell...

Always a problem, who comes to the rescue if the rescuers get caught out?

Hoping for a lucky outcome, but fearing the worst
S76Heavy is offline  
Old 21st Jan 2010, 22:46
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: All The Places I Shouldnt Be
Posts: 1,009
Calling out Aser - hope you answer this.

Member here Aser flies AW139s for that operation.

Ned
Ned-Air2Air is offline  
Old 21st Jan 2010, 22:49
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Western North Carolina
Age: 48
Posts: 133
Ned,

Hopefully no news is good news in this case. I hope he is out flying in search of coworkers.

fingers crossed

Max
maxtork is offline  
Old 21st Jan 2010, 23:49
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: All The Places I Shouldnt Be
Posts: 1,009
Left some messages with friends who fly for Inaer in italy and spain and will try and find out if Aser was involved.

Ned
Ned-Air2Air is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 00:10
  #6 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Dolomites
Posts: 8
Ned I've just written some sms to people who worked in Spain. Here is 2 a.m., not so easy to get news from collegues but as soon as I get something I'll write to you via FB.
'night and I hope Martinez Will answere in the meantime.
Alex
oldhuey is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 00:13
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: All The Places I Shouldnt Be
Posts: 1,009
Alex,

Thanks and have sent sms to friend Antonio Martinez who is commercial director for Inaer so hopefully we will hear somethng from him.

Keeping fingers crossed for Aser.

Ned
Ned-Air2Air is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 03:42
  #8 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: OS SX2063
Age: 50
Posts: 1,010
Fingers crossed for all of them including Aser.
VeeAny is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 05:29
  #9 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: All The Places I Shouldnt Be
Posts: 1,009
Just got a message from Asers girlfriend saying he is alive and well.

He is out flying searching for his fellow crews. Thoughts are with all
The crews and inaer staff at Almeria.

I hope you find your missing colleagues.

Ned
Ned-Air2Air is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 06:04
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Land of the Krauts
Posts: 308
Thanks for the information about Aser Ned.

Spanish news say the crash happened around 5nm off the coast. I hope this means higher chances for the other three who are still missing.

Suerte a todos!

Edit: news update mentioning four helicopters and three vessels participating in the search.

Anyone able to tell yet if it really was Helimer 205 (EC-KJT)?

Last edited by eivissa; 22nd Jan 2010 at 07:13.
eivissa is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 07:32
  #11 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Land of the Krauts
Posts: 308
This source now sais the crashed helicopter is Helimer 207 (EC-HIM), which is an AS365N2. Could be true since it is based at Almeria...

Tres desaparecidos al caer al mar un helicóptero en Almería - COPE
eivissa is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 08:10
  #12 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Spain
Age: 43
Posts: 35
Once again, especulators making up data. (Wrong call-sign Helimer105, Wrong picture of a S61). The usual suspects at work....

Confirmed is the AW139 of Almeria.

Pilot: Jose Luis López
Co-Pilot: Kevin Holmes aka "the kiwi", a hell of a nice guy
Winch operator: Alberto Elvira

Rescued rescuer: Iñigo Vallejo. He's at the hospital, minor injuries, recovering from a mild hypothermia will be walking home tomorrow.

At sunrise divers went searching for them, but we fear the worst.

They were 4 miles off the runway, established on the ILS Approach to LEAM, returning from the training flight.

Our thoughts go with wives and family.

Stay safe

B
borjaracing is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 09:01
  #13 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Uranus
Posts: 20
Wrong info, borjaracing,

Hoist Operator Alberto Elvira is in the hospital.
Iñigo is missing.
Perrito Piloto is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 09:01
  #14 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Land of the Krauts
Posts: 308
Thanks for clarifying Borja.

The following is not intended to start any rumours, just for information:

METAR LEAM 212100Z 02005KT 9999 FEW015 11/08 Q1023=
METAR LEAM 212030Z 03004KT 9999 FEW015 12/09 Q1023=
METAR LEAM 212000Z 04004KT 9999 FEW015 12/09 Q1023=
METAR LEAM 211930Z 06004KT 9999 FEW020 12/09 Q1023=
METAR LEAM 211900Z 06004KT 9999 FEW015 SCT025 12/09 Q1023=

ILS approach rwy26:
eivissa is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 11:13
  #15 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Spain
Age: 43
Posts: 35
PP

I'm sorry, you're right. Alberto is the one at the hospital. Still nobody else founded
borjaracing is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 16:34
  #16 (permalink)  
WOP
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: UK
Age: 40
Posts: 26

WOP is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 17:50
  #17 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: West of Greenwich
Posts: 117
This is bad, fingers crossed. My thoughts are with those directly involved.
Pink Panther is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 20:19
  #18 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: England
Posts: 2
My heart goes out to everyone involved, it is a truly painful and difficult time. This thread has provided the most information I have been able to uncover all day but hitting the refresh button here and on countless news sites a thousand times is driving me a tad insane. If anyone has any direct information concerning the ongoing search I would greatly appreciate a PM or email as I am aware some things are best left off an open forum. My brother is the missing co-pilot referred to above as "the kiwi" and known by many as Sam. Thanks.
eyesparky is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 20:37
  #19 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Land of the Krauts
Posts: 308
eyesparky,

I am not sure how your Spanish is, but recently the news reported that the wreckage is estimated to be around 100m deep in the sea and they will start to look for it with a remote controlled submarine from tomorrow.

We all hope the best for your brother and the rest of the crew.
eivissa is offline  
Old 22nd Jan 2010, 20:45
  #20 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: England
Posts: 2
Thanks eivissa, I had seen a translation of that on a news site. I probably shouldn't have posted here but am just frustrated at not being able to do anything. Thanks again.
eyesparky is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.