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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90226
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Date:17-FEB-2011
Time:12:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Heliswiss
Registration: HB-ZHI
C/n / msn: 9075
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Les Diablerets -   Switzerland
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Gstaad
Destination airport:Tsanfleuron
Narrative:
Crashed. Six people onboard are injured. The helicopter is fully destroyed.

"Translation with google of www.blick.ch article"
Above Les Diablerets today is an accident of Valais ground at 12.20 clock a helicopter. The accident happened near the crag "Quille du Diable".
Six people were injured. The pilot sat in the helicopter (44) and a mountain guide from the canton of Bern, and a heli-skiing and three Skillehrer customers. They wanted to settle on a helicopter landing pad. The crash site is located between two ski lifts.
The helicopter was operated by the Heliswiss Switzerland, as the company confirmed. So it was a type B2 Ecureuil helicopter.
The passengers were lucky in misfortune: four persons subjected to moderate injuries in the accident, the other two were lightly wounded. According to witnesses of the injured skiers were conscious. They were taken to surrounding hospitals.

An eyewitness reported
Apparently, the helicopter tried to approach the landing site, such as the Valais canton police said. Crashed he was the crags "Quille du diable" in the field of Tour St-Martin - about 50 feet below the landing site. The area is located in 2900 meters near the border between the cantons of Valais and Vaud.
The cause of the crash is still unknown. The Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) of the Federation will investigate the accident.
The Rega was at 12.30 clock alarmed because of the accident, the Canton police at 12.50 clock. were for the bailout including five helicopters from Air Glaciers and the Air Rescue Service in action. The helicopter was launched from Gstaad.

In visual flight en route
"The helicopter did not fly in controlled airspace," said the spokesman for Skyguide air traffic control, Raimund Fridrich, compared Blick.ch. "There was no contact with air traffic control." The pilot was en route to visual flight. The crash had been triggered alarm automatically. (Chu / sik / GTQ / noo / SDA)

Sources:

https://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/2/20110217/tts-hubschrauber-mit-fuenf-insassen-in-d-c1b2fc3.html
https://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/sechs-verletzte-helikopter-absturz-bei-les-diablerets-id69712.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2011 11:04 TB Added
17-Feb-2011 11:10 TB Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Source, Damage]
17-Feb-2011 11:14 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2011 14:34 Black Typhoon Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport]
18-Feb-2011 03:44 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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