Accident Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil HB-ZCZ, Tuesday 2 April 2024
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Date:Tuesday 2 April 2024
Time:09:28 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Air-Glaciers SA
Registration: HB-ZCZ
MSN: 3434
Year of manufacture:2001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Petit Combin mountain, VS -   Switzerland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Petit Combin mountain, VS
Investigating agency: STSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil collided with the ground while landing on the northern slope of the 3,668 m Petit Combin mountain, Valais, during a heli-skiing flight.

Following the collision, parts of the helicopter slid down the slope of the NW face. An avalanche triggered, sweeping away the airframe and occupants, who were ejected. 3 occupants were fatally injured and 3 occupants were injured. They were all found during the rescue operation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Sources: (photo)

History of this aircraft


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

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Revision history:

02-Apr-2024 12:24 gerard57 Added
02-Apr-2024 12:41 maquedaa Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Apr-2024 14:44 ASN Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
02-Apr-2024 14:46 ASN Updated [Narrative, Category]
02-Apr-2024 14:52 ASN Updated [Operator]
02-Apr-2024 16:37 Romain Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
02-Apr-2024 16:37 ASN Updated [Location, Nature]
02-Apr-2024 16:38 ASN Updated [Operator]
02-Apr-2024 17:28 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Destination airport]
02-Apr-2024 18:10 Anon. Updated [Operator]
03-Apr-2024 05:42 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
03-Apr-2024 05:45 RobertMB Updated [Category]
03-Apr-2024 06:59 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
14-Apr-2024 11:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
25-Apr-2024 09:20 ASN Updated [Time, Narrative, Accident report]

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