Peru Perenco Helicopter Crash Leaves Nine Dead, El Comercio Says

A helicopter charted by French oil company Perenco SA in Peru crashed today in the northern Amazon jungle, killing all nine people on board, daily El Comercio reported in its online edition.

The MI-8 chopper carrying four crew members and five oil workers operated by Helicopteros del Pacifico fell to the ground near the Arabela River near where Perenco is drilling in Block 67, the Lima-based newspaper said.

It was the deadliest helicopter accident in the country since June 2010, when a chopper chartered by Samsung C&T Corp. and Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. crashed in the southern jungle, killing 14, El Comercio said.

Telephone numbers listed for Perenco’s Lima office weren’t answered outside business hours.