Sebastián Piñera died this Tuesday in an accident with one of his private helicopters, in the rural sector of Ilihue, in the town of Lago Ranco, Los Ríos region. The former president of Chile was traveling in an aircraft he owned, a model that began production in 2007 and was promoted as “reliable, economical and easy to maintain.”
The helicopter was a Robinson R66 Turbine model. “Reliable, economical and easy to maintain” is the definition with which it is presented on the brand's official website. The one carrying the former president had CCDGV registration.
In addition, according to the representative's page in Argentina, it has among its advantages “greater reserve power, additional payload and better performance at altitude.” In addition, it has crash energy-absorbing seats and a crash-resistant fuel system.
Within the official technical sheet it is reported that it complies with the latest FAA crash resistance regulations, including its seats and fuel tanks, since these absorb energy and are impact resistant.
Already in 2011 Piñera had had problems with a helicopter. In that case she went with a Robinson 44, a previous model from the same company. It happened at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, when the aircraft ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing on the regional road of the town of Quilicura Bajo, in the surroundings of Curanipe, in Region VII, about 300 kilometers south of Santiago. .
That time, Piñera was accompanied by businessman Andrés Navarro. They were going from Viña del Mar to Ranco, at the beginning of the summer holidays. Later, the former president tried to deny that it was an emergency landing: he said it was a scheduled stop.