25.10.2020 - Robinson R-44 Raven II - I-OLLI

According to an Air Zermatt’s press release on Sunday, October 25, 2020, a helicopter crash occurred causing the death of one of the two occupants and the serious injury of the other.
The alarm was triggered by the Poggio Renatico power station in the afternoon after the ELT mounted on board the helicopter released the distress signal.
The wreckage of the Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopter with Italian civilian call-sign I-OLLI was localized by the ground teams at about 23.30 PM between the Gillet Lake and the Cime Bianche hill at an altitude of about 3,000 meters. Around 7:45 p.m. an Air Zermatt helicopter took off to patrol the area.
Due to the darkness, wind and fog, the ground search had already been deployed by the Soccorso Alpino Valdostano (Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue team) and Air Zermatt.
After several hours the ground rescuers finally reached the accident site. "Totally unexpectedly", according to the note, they found one of the two occupants alive. The man (it would be the pilot), although seriously injured and in a serious state of hypothermia, survived in the wreckage for 7 hours and a half before being rescued. He was immediately transported by Air Zermatt to Inselspital in Bern.
The second occupant, a 59 year old engineer resident in Lombardy, died on the spot as a result of serious injuries.
According to the information gathered, the two men, both resident in the Brescia region, had travelled by helicopter to the Aosta Valley to ski in the Cime Bianche region. The accident occurred during the return flight.
The National Flight Safety Authority (ENAC) has opened an investigation to establish the causes of the accident.