Commercial

Report: Civilian Bell 429 Crashes in Beijing

By Amy Kluber | July 30, 2018
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A helicopter operated by Reignwood Star Aviation reportedly crashed Monday into a parking lot in Beijing. The four people on board suffered only minor injuries.

Bell confirmed to Reuters the aircraft was a Bell 429.

Local media reported witnesses seeing the helicopter spin before diving "nose-first" to the ground. One outlet, China's People's Daily, distributed a video of the incident.

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China is investigating the incident.

Reignwood is Bell's largest operator in China. The company purchased 110 Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs, with the first three delivered last month following the aircraft's certification in China.

There are about 140 Bell helicopters operating in China. With significant purchase orders from Reignwood and also Shaanxi, Bell is expected to triple its fleet in the country over the next few years.

“Our plan is to grow our sales by replacing aging Bell 206L4s with new Bell 505s, developing the HEMS and law enforcement markets with the Bell 429 and positioning the Bell 412EPI for search and rescue, and firefighting,” Bell’s managing director of North Asia, Jose Jacinto Monge, told R&WI.

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