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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70092
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:14-NOV-2009
Time:12:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Garuda s.r.l.
Registration: I-GRGA
C/n / msn: 4213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Largo di Varese (Lake Varese), Lombardy -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont
Destination airport:Montichiari, province of Brescia, Lombardy
Narrative:
The helicopter was in direction of Montichiari but on the lake of Varese has had a problem, the pilot has lost the control and there has been the crash. According to a rough translation of a contemporary newspaper report:

"VARESE - A helicopter crashed shortly after 13:00 sinking into the lake of Varese. Firefighters have recovered the two victims, the pilot, Simone Detomi Padua, and Brescia industrialist Marcello Gabana, aged 65 years. The helicopter, a private AS 350B3 Ecureuil six-seater took off from Verbania and was flying direct to Montichiari, it would appear to have crashed due to an engine failure. A witness said he saw the helicopter crash on the flight and immediately go down and disappear into the lake. For the bad weather could not attend a rescue helicopter and the bodies were recovered by the Fire Department."

Sources:

1. http://www.ansv.it/It/Detail.asp?ID=1213
2. https://www.corriere.it/cronache/09_novembre_14/varese-precipita-elicottero-morti_f278866a-d11f-11de-a0b4-00144f02aabc.shtml?fr=box_primopiano
3. http://www3.varesenews.it/varese/articolo.php?id=156517
4. http://www.dgualdo.it/regs8/igrga-report.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Nov-2009 07:32 Certosino Added
27-Jul-2014 00:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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