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Helicopter carrying election ballots crashes

(Photo: Celso Gamboa via Twitter)

(Photo: Celso Gamboa via Twitter)

February 4th, 2014 ( A helicopter returning ballots of those living in the remote community of Nimari-ñac de Chirripó, Turrialba from Sunday’s general election crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday.


The crash was the result of a problem with its tail rotor, according to initial reports.


Many of the ballots were those of indigenous Costa Ricans.


Onboard the helicopter were pilot Francisco Allón of Costa Rica’s Air Surveillance Unit, copilot Sebastián Gadea, and Ariana Solís, an official of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).


The three were reported in stable condition with minor injuries.


Some 4,000 ballots were being transported on the aircraft, which were reportedly not damaged and will be delivered to TSE in San José via a different helicopter.

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  • Lisa

    Amazing no one was killed.

  • expatin paradise

    This appears to be a total loss of one of the government’s small number of helicopters on a routine flight. Doesn’t anyone maintain this valuable equipment? Why is there no talk of an investigation?

    • mhogan

      easy come, easy go. only taxpayer money

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