Rescue helicopter crashes rescuing a helicopter

Rescue helicopter crashes rescuing a helicopter

10-Jun-2011 Source:

Mount Ebrus in the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of Russia is the highest mountain in Europe.  Yesterday it hosted the dubious honour of a double helicopter crash.  Firstly a Robinson R44 on a tourist flight crashed at an altitude of 3,800 metres, reportedly due to poor visibility.  The emergency authority EMERCOM sent a Kamov Ka27 to rescue the occupants, but unfortunately that made a hard landing not far from the badly damaged Robinson and became the second victim.  A subsequent rescue helicopter landed safely and there were no serious casualties reported from either of the first two incidents.

The higher of the mountain’s twin volcanic peaks reaches an elevation of 18,510 feet (5,642 m).

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