Anac suspends owner of the helicopter company carrying journalist Ricardo Boechat

According to the agency to suspend given because of “irregular practice of evidence-air taxi”.
13/02/2019 17h55 - Updated 13/02/2019 17h55
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The National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) suspended today (13), a precautionary measure, RQ Specialized Air Services, company that owns the helicopter that crashed on Monday (11), in one of the Anhanguera Highway access, linking the state capital, the interior. In the fall they killed the journalist Ricardo Boechat and the pilot of the aircraft, Ronaldo Quatrucci. With the suspension, the company is banned from operating.

According to the agency to suspend given because of “irregular practice of evidence-air taxi”. The investigation process was opened on Monday itself to find the type of service that was being provided with the PT-HPG prefix aircraft at the time of the accident.

The crashed helicopter is a single-engine model with a maximum capacity of four passengers plus crew, Bell Helicopter manufacturer. A aircraft, registration PT-HPG, It was owned by RQ Aereos Specialized Services LTD.

“The RQ Specialized Air Services had authorization to provide specialized services, como aerial photography and aerocinematografia. A company, However, It did not have permission to run the paid shuttle service to passengers, exclusive practice of certified companies such as taxi-air”, said Anac.

The regulatory agency said the companies involved in hiring the services were officiated by ANAC and will have five working days, from the publication in the Official Gazette, to provide explanations and submit documentation that proves the type of contract. Were officiated companies Libbs Pharmaceutical Industry, Zum Brazil Events and own RQ Air Specialized Services.

The accident occurred when the journalist returned from Campinas (SP), which he had participated in an event. Shortly after the fall, ANAC issued a statement saying the helicopter was in good standing with the regulator.

According to Anac, Brazilian Aeronautical Registry Data (RAB) They show that the helicopter was with the Airworthiness Certificate (THAT) valid until May 2023 and Annual Inspection Maintenance (IAM) days until May 2019, that is, the aircraft was in good standing.

ANAC said official information Aeronautics confirm that licenses and qualifications Quatrucci commercial helicopter pilot (PCH) were valid.

Agency Brazil

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