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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 83221
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Time:15:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Heli Air Monaco
Registration: 3A-MTP
C/n / msn: 1996
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mercantour, near Breil, Rioja Valley -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Monaco Heliport (LNMC)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BEA
According to a rough translation of a contemporary newspaper report (link #3):
"Found the bodies of three technicians on board the helicopter crashed yesterday in France

CORPSES FOUND AIR - have been found on the French side of the Roja Valley, near the village of Breil, the corpses of three technicians who were aboard a helicopter crashed at around 16:30 yesterday.

Beside the bodies, the remains of the aircraft. The three killed were Franck Malchaux, helicopter pilot, Vincent Bestagno, geologist of the Conseil General des Alpes Maritimes, and Bruno Maupomè, technical societies 'Heaven Climber'.

The three formed the crew of the helicopter Heli Air Monaco, reported missing yesterday afternoon in the area of Full High, on the French side of the Roya Valley, near the town of Breil, in the valley below the pumping station.

The aim of the three technicians was to make an inspection on the 20 state landslide fell on the Col di Tenda, shortly before the town of Breil. Perhaps because of rain and thick fog, the helicopter crashed in a rocky valley. Party to about 15 from Monaco, the helicopter has made an initial inspection of aircraft around 15.30 and around 16.30 is gone.

Some witnesses said they heard it fly over the area and, suddenly, have not heard anything. A huge rescue effort, made by French Mountain Rescue, Civil Defence and Sapeurs Pompiers, has set out towards the place of the accident.

Despite the bad weather and inaccessible area, the bodies of three occupants were eventually found. The recovery of remains will take place during the day."



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

AS 350B3 3A-MTP at Monaco (- Fontvieille) Heliport (MCM/LNMC) Monaco, April 21, 2009

Revision history:

08-Dec-2010 10:22 transylvhwp Added
08-Dec-2010 10:26 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Narrative]
08-Dec-2010 23:55 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2010 07:44 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]
10-Dec-2010 04:16 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
10-Dec-2010 04:17 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
14-Jan-2011 04:16 salt_cay Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
05-Aug-2014 23:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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