Accident Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil HB-ZPB,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 316418
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Date:Tuesday 4 July 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Air Zermatt AG
Registration: HB-ZPB
MSN: 7309
Year of manufacture:2011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Colle Gnifetti, Monte Rosa massif, VS -   Switzerland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Zermatt Heliport (LSEZ)
Destination airport:Colle Gnifetti
Investigating agency: STSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
An Air Zermatt Eurocopter AS350 B3e Écureuil had a landing accidentat at the Colle Gnifetti, Monte Rosa massif, at an altitude of almost 4,500 meters.
The helicopter encountered a vortex on the approach to land and hit hard as a result. The rotor blades touched and the helicopter tipped to the side and was written off.

The pilot, the flight assistant and the three workers on board were all unharmed. The flight was a passenger transport with glaciologists.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Sources: (photo)

Revision history:

04-Jul-2023 08:41 gerard57 Added
04-Jul-2023 09:24 RobertMB Updated
04-Jul-2023 14:35 Anon. Updated
04-Jul-2023 15:28 Aerossurance Updated
02-Aug-2023 07:43 harro Updated

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