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Sep 28, 2020

Months after Fatal Helicopter Crash, Several B.D.F. Members to be Charged

Several persons are to be charged for the worst air disaster in Belize. Two pilots and two crew members of the B.D.F. perished when their helicopter went down in the Gales Point Lagoon on February twenty-ninth, 2020.  The crash raised alarm because it was not reported until much later and many questions were raised since the sequence of events was questionable.  A preliminary investigation first concluded it was due to pilot error but now an internal investigation has been concluded on the deaths of majors Adran Ramirez, Radford Baizar and crew members corporals Yassir Mendez and Reynaldo Choc.  The Mexican Armed Forces are yet to submit a technical report. A recommendation has been sent to the Minister of National Security and so far it is known that several members of the B.D.F. will be charged.  Early reports suggest that the established procedure was not followed and that the pilot was disoriented. And in respect of compensation, the families have not been paid and the Ministry of National Security says that they soon will be receiving compensation.

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