One of the Superpuma helicopters of the Infoca Plan suffered this Monday an accident during extinguishing tasks of the fire in Sierra Bermeja. Its 19 occupants are fine and there is no personal injury to regret.
The accident, according to sources from the Andalusian Government, has occurred when getting up a cloud of dust formed by the work of heavy machinery, which has impeded the helicopter pilot’s visibility. 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 work up to 51 aerial means, in a relatively small space, next to the work of heavy machinery and forest firefighters.
INCIDENT IN FLIGHT | We report the incident suffered by one of the Super Puma of the fleet #INFOCA. The aircraft had a “hard hit” when its tail rotor brushed against a tree, when it was about to leave 2 bricas in #IFJubrique. All its members and the crew are unharmed.
– INFOCA (@Plan_INFOCA) September 13, 2021
Thus, sources have recalled that the risk of accidents increases the larger the means deployedHence, according to the technicians of the deployed operation, the use of these means must be weighed very well. In this way they have explained it on several occasions from the Regional Operational Center (COR) of the Infoca Plan, emphasizing that this fire “unprecedented in Spain” is not fought more effectively because of having more means.