A Bell 206B helicopter with four occupants fell to the sea Wednesday a few dozen meters from the coast of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The accident caused the death of the pilot, while the three passengers were injured and were rescued from the water.
“It was all very fast,” said a witness whose words are collected by the UOL News website. “I was doing my service and I heard a spooky noise coming from the sea, it scared me when I saw it, it was like an explosion.” According to the man, the firefighters came to the rescue five minutes later.
Several published images represent the picture after the fall of the Bell at the height of one of the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, a popular tourist city. The aircraft appears in them overturned, with the propeller below.
The authorities have confirmed that the helicopter, belonging to a private company, was in working order and had a valid certificate. The causes of his fall are unknown until now.
“It was all very fast,” said glassmaker Rafael Daniel Cardoso, 30, who was working in a condominium facing the sea, at the time of the accident, he published the UOL News website.
“I was doing my service and I heard a scary noise coming from the sea, I got a scare when I saw it, it was an explosion and the water was counted in. I saw three bodies flying at a distance of 10, 15 m from where [the helicopter] fell” said Cardoso.
“I thought it could be a boat, then, when the water came down, I saw it was a helicopter, five minutes later, the Fire Department arrived, and the other three [survivors] were rescued and left walking normally,” he added.
According to the information of the National Agency of Civil Aviation (AAC), the aircraft left a heliport at the Recreo de Los Bandeirantes (western area) bound for Cabo Frio, a city in the Lake District of Fluminense.