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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197095
Last updated: 18 September 2021
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Time:20:15 LT
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD 900 Explorer
Owner/operator:Heli Austria GmbH
Registration: OE-XWF
MSN: 900-0017
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Gro▀glockner -   Austria
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Mount Gro▀glockner
Destination airport:Hospital
The crew of the Ambulance helicopter "Martin 4", based at Matrei / Tyrolia, was called in to airlift a 54 year old tourist with heart problems from a lodge near Austria┤s highest peak, mount "Gro▀glockner", to a hospital in the valley.

After an uneventful flight up to the mountain, the patient was put into the helicopter. During the take-off attempt in "hot and high" conditions, the pilot stated, that he was hit by a gust of wind. The MD 902 started spinning, hit the ground on the skids and suffered a dynamic rollover onto it┤s right hand side.

All five main rotor blades sheared off, and the wreckage luckily came to rest just a few feet from a steep cliff.
This precipice steeply down-slopes several hundred meters.

The accident site is located next to the lodge "Erzherzog-Johann-Huette at "Adlersruhe"-ridge, which is at an altitude of 3454 metres MSL (11630 feet MSL) , the accident day was the hottest day of the year so far.

The mountain climber with the heart problems was transported by another rescue helicopter, the doctor of the crashed "Explorer" was the only one hurt on board, he suffered from a fractured nose.

The owner and general manager of the helicopter company stated, that after he had talked to the pilot involved, power reserve or technical problems were not an issue.

An interim safety investigation report has been issued by the SUB and includes a NOTAR aerodynamics study.

Crash site:



Revision history:

02-Aug-2017 16:01 Medevac Added
02-Aug-2017 17:17 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
03-Aug-2017 19:26 MKAP Updated [Source]
03-Aug-2017 19:27 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Aug-2017 19:34 Iceman 29 Updated [Phase, Source, Embed code]
05-Aug-2017 14:19 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Aug-2017 07:58 Anon. Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Damage]
07-Aug-2017 07:59 harro Updated [Date]
07-Jan-2020 18:40 Investigator Updated [Source]
14-Nov-2020 15:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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