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Fatal Helo Crash in the Virgin Islands

Old 16th Feb 2021, 06:04
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Fatal Helo Crash in the Virgin Islands

From Media.

​​​​​​Four people are dead in the U.S. Virgin Islands Monday after a helicopter crash, according to the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency.

Calls to 911 about a chopper going down in the western end of the St. Thomas area of Botany Bay came in around 3:14 p.m. local time, according to authorities.

The identities of the victims and the cause of the crash have not been released at this time.

The emergency management agency said it has recovered the four bodies of the deceased, but it won't release their names until next-of-kin are notified.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 08:59
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 13:15
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Possibly Bell 206B

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=247872

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Old 16th Feb 2021, 15:41
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Originally Posted by nomorehelosforme View Post
There is a big "?" in that entry.
Given the operator only has R44's and a H145, and you're unlikely to run an H145 with only 3 paying pax onboard, I would suggest its a Robbie.
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Old 16th Feb 2021, 16:28
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Reports must have been wrong

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Old 16th Feb 2021, 17:32
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Well, the NTSB newsroom is reporting it to be a 206B. One person possibly missing as well. 5 listed to be on board. From the company's facebook page, they have quite a few recent pictures and some videos living up to the company name of a 206. N13AT comes up as registered to Caribbean Buzz.


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Old 16th Feb 2021, 20:11
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Now confirmed ON ASN Wikibase as Bell 206B N13AT
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Old 18th Feb 2021, 01:58
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Sad story:
I lived in St. Thomas and flew for a few operators there: Virgin Air, Aero Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands International Airways, and a few more on St. Croix.
Back then there was only one rotor wing operator, a Bell 206 doing sightseeing flights.
We all knew each other, small community, tiny island.
Wx was usually good VMC, 99% of the time.
Best and easiest flying on the planet.

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Old 18th Feb 2021, 12:02
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Any initial thoughts about what happened ?
Seems conditions were good...
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 09:04
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HAI is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Maria Rodriguez, the recipient of the 2018 HAI Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year Award. We offer our condolences to her friends and family. Check out this throwback video recognizing Maria’s work to provide post-hurricane relief in the Virgin Islands that led to her receiving this award. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3W6FWEzsf8
In this follow-up video interview, Maria describes those hurricane relief missions. She also discusses her experiences in a male-dominated industry and offers advice to other women pursuing a career in aviation. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fnjwFNqKSI
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