Thirteen people are missing in Peru after a helicopter, chartered by French oil company Perenco, crashed in the northern Amazon jungle yesterday.
In a statement released, the firm said that “at this stage, no survivors have been found”. The MI-8 helicopter was carrying nine passengers and four crew members – all Peruvian nationals.
Reports claim it crashed near where Perenco is drilling in Block 67, an oil field in the Maranon Basin. It is a 630-square-mile block, estimated to hold more than 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Perenco added: “The helicopter came down with 13 passengers on board during a routine flight from Iquitos to Block 67. The Peruvian Army is at the scene and two additional helicopters are supporting the rescue efforts.“
This is the second accident this year involving a helicopter used by energy companies that work in the Peruvian jungle.