16.05.2018 - AS 350B3+ Ecureuil HB-ZKF - Baggersee/VS

The preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the creation of Air Zermatt, scheduled for the next 19-20 May, have been overshadowed by an aerial incident occurred this morning shortly after 10 am. Fortunately the pilot reported only minor injuries while the helicopter was seriously damaged.According to information released by Valais canton police in the course of a training flight, the helicopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil with call sign HB-ZKF which was transporting a water bucket hit accidentally some electric wires ending its flight in the Baggersee, a pond situated between the villages of Visp and Raron, near Air Zermatt’s base.
The pilot, who would have reported as said only minor injuries, managed to free himself from the cabin and reach the shore. He was then transported to the Inselspital in Bern.
Emergency services immediately rushed on the spot of the accident. Firefighters assisted by some members of the Upper Valais Section of the Swiss rescue society placed an anti-pollution barrier around the helicopter wrackage that lay half submerged in the pond. A large crane then arrived on site to recover the damaged aircraft.
The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB) will investigate to determine the causes of the accident.