Monday, September 20

A helicopter suffers an accident without personal injury during the extinction of the Sierra Bermeja fire

One of the Superpuma helicopters of the Infoca Plan suffered an accident this Monday during the fire extinguishing tasks in Sierra Bermeja. Its 19 occupants are fine and there is no personal injury to regret.

The accident occurred after a cloud of dust formed by the work of heavy machinery made it difficult for the helicopter pilot to see. The device has collided with a tree and fell to the ground, fortunately without causing personal injury.

In the area of ​​the fire declared last Wednesday, up to 51 aerial means work, in a relatively small space, together with the work of heavy machinery and forest firefighters.

Thus, the authorities have recalled that the risk of accidents increases the larger the means deployed, hence, according to the technicians of the deployed operation, the use of these means must be carefully weighed. In this way they have explained it on several occasions from the Regional Operational Center (COR) of the Infoca Plan, stressing that this fire “unprecedented in Spain” is not fought more effectively because of having more resources.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, has also echoed the accident and has vindicated the role of the troops deployed in the fight against a forest fire that broke out at 9:37 p.m. last Wednesday. “They are giving everything to turn it off,” he stressed, while confirming that the 19 occupants of the helicopter “are fine”





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