A “human error” was the cause of the accident of a helicopter last March in the department of Rocha (southeast) of Uruguay when transporting vaccines against coronavirus, as reported on Tuesday by authorities of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU). The Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, General Luis De León, detailed in a press conference that the accident was due to the breakage of a gear that transfers the power of the aircraft.

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“We believe that, for human reasons, there was a lot of stress on that gear, that it should not have been applied and that caused it to break. That is what we assume based on the fact that there was an error in the maintenance management of that particular inspection “, he expressed.

Currently, the FAU is working on changing procedures, according to De León, and analyzing whether the technicians were fit and whether they had “adequate supervision.”

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At dawn on March 25, the pilot of the Bell 212 helicopter, upon detecting a fault, made an emergency landing in a field near a route, where immediately afterwards the aircraft caught fire, suffering total losses.

However, the flight crew members, who were hospitalized, have been in good condition since the accident.

The shipment they were moving consisted of about 180 doses from the US laboratory Pfizer that the Air Force took from Montevideo to Rocha to follow the vaccination plan for people over 80 years of age envisaged at that time by the health authorities.

However, these were immediately replaced and reached their respective destinations by land.

With regard to vaccination, at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday (21.25 GMT), 1,638,712 people have been inoculated with the first dose from the Chinese pharmaceutical companies Sinovac, the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca and the American Pfizer, and 985,832 with the second from Pfizer or Sinovac.

This means that 46.38% of the population has the first dose and 27.86% with the immunization process completed.



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