Sectors linked to former President Evo Morales in the tropics of Cochabamba prevented staff from the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) from investigating the helicopter accident two days ago in the municipality of Arbieto.
DGAC sources passed this information on to the ANF and also assured that an investigator from the department of incidents and accidents of this instance arrived on the spot as soon as the fact was known, but the Chapareños did not let him in. They assume that they are covering up the causes of the accident.
On Friday afternoon, the Helibol Bell-212 suffered a mishap during take-off. According to official information, the plane could not take off and had to collide with one of the arches of a football stadium in order not to crash into the stands.
In this regard, the DGAC published a very brief statement one day after the incident, in which it stated that appropriate investigations had been initiated to determine the causes, but no information was given about the identity of the pilot and the number of people on board.
The same institution only confirmed that “the pilot and passengers were unharmed”. The former president attended a political event with mayors, MPs and councilors from the Movement for Socialism (MAS) in the municipality of Villa Tunari. The ex-president also attended a sporting event in this city. The accident happened in Arbieto, from where he had to drive to this community in the tropics of Cochabamba.
In this sense, the officials of this instance assume that one of the causes of the incident is obesity, since the helicopter apparently not only transported the ex-president, Senator Leonardo Loza and the Bolivian ambassador to Paraguay, Mario Cronenbold, but also carried other people .
After the trial, the investigator must submit a summary report 48 hours after the offense. The DGAC then has to submit a final invoice within one week.
At the same time, they warned that the insurance company will not cover the cost of maintaining the aircraft if the causes of the incident are unknown. According to the videos posted on social networks, the tail of the helicopter has dents.