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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195927
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 135P2+
Owner/operator:Bundesministerium für Inneres (BMI)
Registration: OE-BXY
MSN: 0677
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Trofaiach, Obersteiermark -   Austria
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:LOWG
Destination airport:
An Austrian Federal Police helicopter was called in for a routine-mission to the Hochschwab-Eisenerz area, in order to assist a couple in trouble, who was mountain-hiking in the vicinity of Mount "Reichenstein".

A 28-year old policeman was lowered down uneventfully to the persons to be rescued. After connecting all three to the so called "fixrope" (longline), the pilot started gaining altitude again. "At a significant altitude" the rope released from the helicopter under circumstances still under investigation.

All three fell to ground. All off them were very seriously wounded on impact, so two more alpine-EMS-helicopters were called in, and their doctor-teams were winched down to the accident scene. Under what was described as "extraordinary difficult circumstances" they managed to recover all three victims. The 28-year-old policeman as well as the female hiker were declared as "Dead on Scene", the other injured person was airlifted to a trauma-centre in critical condition.

In general, in order to release the fixrope intentionally, two different clamps have to be released electro-mechanical by applying two different inputs to a switch located at the pilots collective lever.



Photo of OE-BXY courtesy

Graz - Thalerhof (LOWG / GRZ)
17 May 2017; (c) Michiel van Herten

Revision history:

05-Jun-2017 05:56 Medevac Added
05-Jun-2017 07:02 Anon. Updated [Time]
05-Jun-2017 11:33 Medevac Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Jun-2017 14:05 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2017 18:13 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Embed code]
06-Jun-2017 07:53 Alpine Flight Updated [Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source]

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