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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191463
Last updated: 10 January 2021
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Date:19-NOV-2016
Time:13:16 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A109 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Agusta A109A-II
Owner/operator:Execavia
Registration: N109W
C/n / msn: 7301
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Induno Olona, Varese -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lugano-Agno
Destination airport:Caiolo
Investigating agency: ANSV
Narrative:
An Agusta 109A MkII helicopter with three people on board crashed in the woods near Induno Olona in Italy, close to the border with Switzerland. The helicopter crashed at an elevation of 800 meters on Monte Minisfreddo. One passenger died while the pilot and a passenger were injured.

ANSV conclusion:
The accident, which can be classified as a CFIT, is essentially due to the human factor.
The following factors contributed significantly to the accident:
- the marginal weather conditions in the mountainous terrain where the accident occurred, which did not allow the safe continuation of the flight;
- non-compliance with VFR flight rules and safety altitudes.
The following factors may also have contributed to the occurrence of the accident
- operational pressure (deriving from the need to complete the transfer flight to Caiolo), which did not allow the pilot to consider an alternative plan, consisting, for example, of a return to the airport of departure;
- the excessive confidence of the pilot in his own ability to manage the flight in marginal or inferior meteorological conditions with respect to the minimum VFR conditions, in the light of his significant flight experience and knowledge of the area of operations;
- the false security resulting from having a cartographic or portable GPS system on board.

Sources:

http://www.helipress.it/schede-1848-incidenti_elicotteri_precipita_aw109_a_varese_un_morto
http://www.varesenews.it/2016/11/cade-un-elicottero-un-morto-e-due-feriti/570356/
https://www.tio.ch/News/Ticino/Cronaca/1117337/Tragedia-in-elicottero-il-ticinese-era-precipitato-gia-nel-2010
http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/a109-mountain-cfit-marginal-wx/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ANSV
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years 1 month
Download report: Final report
Location

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Nov-2016 18:03 MKAP Added
19-Nov-2016 18:41 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
20-Nov-2016 08:52 Black Typhoon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Damage]
20-Nov-2016 18:20 MKAP Updated [Source]
21-Nov-2016 07:10 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Nov-2016 10:44 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]
19-Dec-2020 17:30 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
02-Jan-2021 11:01 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Accident report]
02-Jan-2021 11:02 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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