Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Eagle falls helicopter 118 in Happy Camp: the death of the 6 people on board – The Republic

the STILL a tragedy in Abruzzo. After the bad weather, the earthquake and the avalanche that destroyed the hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, today a helicopter of 118 is precipitated in l’aquila, between the capital and Campo Felice. The aircraft crashed after it had recovered a wound on a ski slope in Happy Camp in an area heavily covered by snow and mountains to about 1,600 meters of altitude. The death of the six people on board: the pilot, two members of the alpine Rescue team, a doctor, an operator, and the wounded.

the names of The victims. Walter Bucci, 57-year-old, doctor-resuscitator of the 118 the Asl of l’aquila, a veteran of the alpine Rescue in the past few days had provided relief to Rigopiano. David De Carolis, technician of the helicopter of the mountain rescue service and municipal councillor, municipality of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the province of l’aquila, Giuseppe Serpetti, nurse, Mario Matrella, technical verricellista of the society of aviation Inaer, Gianmarco Zavoli, pilot. The helicopter was carrying Ettore Palanca, 50 years old, to Rome, to the maitre of the Hotel Cavaliere Hilton. The man had hurt skiing, acquiring the fracture of the tibia and fibula. Bucci, De Carolis, and Serpetti are aquilani, Matrella is pugliese and Zavoli is emiliano.

The accident. The AW139 helicopter with grades EC-KJT, was engaged in a normal flight emergency and was not part of the means by which in these days are engaged on the avalanche that struck the hotel Rigopiano. The aircraft fell in the vicinity of the lake of Campo Felice, near the mountain retreat and Amantino. The wrecks have been located in a gully near Casamaina, in the territory of Lucoli. The scene that you are found in front of the rescuers was awesome: the tail of the aircraft, and then the fuselage practically disintegrated. The remains are in an area high enough as compared to the plain. Around a thick blanket of snow.


The area is out of reach with the means, and then the rescuers, hampered by fog and snow, they went ahead on foot. Joints is 500 metres from the crash site reported that the vehicle was destroyed and to find him they had to use infrared. To retrieve the corpses were used two cats. The bodies were then loaded on ambulances and taken to the morgue of the Eagle.

to ascertain the cause of the tragedy. It would seem that the helicopter is crashed, perhaps after the impact of a suspended cable or a mechanical failure. In the area there was thick fog and this may have contributed to the disaster. The area of the incident is very rough and to reach the rescuers moved with skis.

“slope challenging and the snow is not easy, then at some points it was not easy to move with the touring ski. From the moment we learned of the loss of radio contact, we started in the 9 military, but there was no indication on the place where the helicopter had crashed,” said the marshal, Paolo Moro Passalacqua, commander of the alpine rescue of the Eagle, who led the group of rescuers.

To intervene also a group engaged in the research of the hotel Rigopiano, Farindola, teams of Sar of the armed forces that are in place these days to help provide relief to people affected by the bad weather and the instructors of Campo Felice and Ovindoli. “The masters are placed at the disposal of the rescuers, – has told the chairman of the board of the regional Abruzzo ski instructors, Francesco Donato, the mayor of Roccaraso – with every means and with seal skins. The area is wild and there are high piles of snow”.

The remains of the aircraft will be supervised by the police. The difficult weather conditions have now allowed us to examine the helicopter crashed to make hypotheses on the possible causes of the accident. To investigate are the police of the provincial command of the Eagle.

The magistrate, holder of the survey, Simonetta Ciccarelli, gave the order to capture as many possible images of the wreck and of the place of the accident. A team of three firefighters started to walk away and try to start a drone equipped with a camera and get it closer to the scrap. There are doubts that we can complete the operation with success, due to district of the fog and strong wind gusts that rage. Also the national Agency for flight safety (Ansv) said they had opened a safety investigation on the incident and has ordered that the sending of an investigation team in the area.

testimonials. “The helicopter was made to intervene because the skier had fractures important to the arts. The helicopter pilot considered that there were safety conditions and landed,” he said to Ansa Andrea Lallini, the manager of the skiing facilities of Campo Felice.

“Flew low and floor, there was so much fog you could not see a few meters away, followed the road while he went to the station to Campo Felice from the valico della Crocetta. When you came back, I paid attention and then I heard a bang, a loud noise, I think the impact with the mountain. The engine continued to turn for a minute then I heard nothing more. And I immediately called the 118″ is the story of Loris Fucetola, instructor of the fund, which has given the alarm after the crash of the helicopter.

“a Little before 11 I was with my friend and we saw a helicopter flying at low altitude and we wondered why. Then we thought about a rescue operation on our territory is very vast with many hamlets. Shortly after it disappeared into the fog,” he told the Ap the mayor of Lucoli, Gianluca Marrocchi. “But – he says – we did not hear any roar”.

“it will take time to understand the dynamics of the accident, but we can speculate that the crash happened because of the fog and because this is a known path. In the past few days, during the operations for the emergency in bad weather, also means the air force, led by very experienced pilots have had some difficulty in this point. We are in shock because we know all the operators that were on board,” said Mauro Cordeschi, the director of the facilities of Campo Imperatore, a consultant of the Town of l’aquila in the framework of Commission Avalanche.

the president of The Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has expressed his deep sorrow for the six victims of the helicopter and to the ground once again struck by the suffering, and that sees the sacrifice of his men, engaged generously in the mission of rescue”.

“Pain for the rescuers of the 118 who devote their lives to the service of others. Close to the families”, is the tweet of the minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin.


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