Four people are missing after a helicopter plunged into the sea about 30 kilometers off the south coast of Fuerteventura. The helicopter was carrying five people, one of them has been rescued, but four people are still missing.
The Search and Rescue helicopter was performing a routine practice rescue when at around 22:00 last night (Wednesday 19th Mach 2014) it fell into the se for reasons that are still unknown and are currently being investigated.
A search and rescue mission was Immediately launched in the area of Jandia, to the south coast of Fuerteventura where the accident occurred. One of the crew has been located alive and in good health, while the other four occupants of the helicopter are missing.
The crashed helicopter belongs to the Air Force 802 Squadron, based in Gando (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), The helicopter, of French origin and officially known Aerospatiale AS 332, is also known as ‘Super Puma’ is an improved version of the SA 330 Puma, which, among other missions, has been deployed in Hehat (Afghanistan). It has seating for 15 people, has modern navigation and communication systems, provides the scope and autonomy to cover a range of 300 nautical miles and is equipped with a crane for weights up to 275 kg material signaling, a basket and the ability to stow up to nine stretchers. Its crew normally consists of two pilots, a mechanic, a crane operator, two swimmers and a nurse.
* Archive image of a Super Puma Helicopter,