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Mar 3, 2020

What Caused the Helicopter to Crash?

According to the Ministry of National Security, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennett is the lead investigator, under command of Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral John Borland, into the tragic incident. Experts from BATSUB, the U.S. and Mexico are also assisting in the investigation. A final report is expected in two weeks. Retired Major Lloyd Jones appeared on Open Your Eyes this morning where he spoke of what may have caused the helicopter to crash.


Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d)

Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d)

“I think that the aircraft encountered a catastrophic mechanical failure whether that was the engine, rotary system or the hydraulic system. There was something catastrophic that happened that did not even give the pilots and opportunity to make a call. Two things can lead to that. One the aircraft is shot down or two, there is a catastrophic mechanical failure. Remember a helicopter has this blade going around and if something goes wrong that helicopter will spin on that axis and the G-forces alone will make it almost impossible to make you able to reach out and turn that radio because the internal connections, as they are flying they have to turn a radio on to go to base. So something happened that they were not even able to call to base to say that I am having difficulties, that I need assistance. What has happened here is that the entire air wing has been decapitated.”


Marleni Cuellar, Host

“Is that a practice, or actual procedure?”


Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d)

“When I was there it was procedure. When I was there it was procedure. When I was deployed with my troops, I would be in one vehicle and the second in command will be in another vehicle. We never travel together. Again this tells me that this order could not come from the commander.”

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