Emergency commission sends regrets to helicopter firm

The national emergency commission expressed its regret Wednesday over the crash landing of a helicopter that belongs to a firm that has handled many emergencies and humanitarian missions.

The firm is Aerodiva, and one of its helicopters injured three occupants when it hit the ground in Matina near the Río Barbilla Tuesday.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said the firm is a close collaborator in the analysis of risks and in the emergency situations. The company has taken officials on many trips over landslides, volcanos and other developing problems, the commission said.

The three occupants of the craft were treated at Hospital México. The pilot and copilot were not admitted but a passenger, a technician for the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, still is hospitalized. A spokesman for the company said that a foreign object hit the main rotor of the helicopter when it was taking off.

The craft will be repaired out of the country.

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