Cusco

Peru authorities begin investigation into Cusco helicopter crash

By Manuel Vigo

Peruvian authorities have begun investigations surrounding the crash of a helicopter crash, which killed 14 passengers and crewmembers, in Cusco.

Peru authorities begin investigation into Cusco helicopter crash

Rescue workers at the site of the crash in Cusco (Photo: Andina/Percy Hurtado)

Peruvian authorities have begun an investigation regarding the cause of a helicopter crash, which killed 14 passengers and crewmembers, in Cusco.


The investigation would take between 30 and 45 days, according to air force colonel Angel Rios Moncada, who was in charge of air rescue operations, according to a report in Andina.


However, Rios did not rule out the possibility of extending the deadline, due to the area’s rugged and almost inaccessible terrain.


He added that workers had combed the area on Sunday and Monday, and collected evidence that could help determine the cause of the accident.


However, he said the aircraft was not equipped with a flight data recorder.


The Ministry of Transportation’s commission on air accidents will be in charge of the investigation, Rios said.


The helicopter, owned by Helicusco, went missing on Wednesday night, with a dozen Korean and European businessmen, and two Peruvian crewmembers.


Peruvian rescue workers found the site of the crash Saturday morning, on the Mama Rosa Mountain, located 4,900 meters above sea level, in the province of Quispicanchi, in Cusco.


On Monday South Korean President Lee Myung-bak sent a message to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, giving his condolences to the victims’ families, and asking the Peruvian government to provide support in handling the aftermath of the crash, Yonhap News Agency said.