2021 Alaska Airbus AS350B3 helicopter crash

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2021 Alaska Airbus AS350B3 helicopter crash
Soloy Helicopters N351SH.jpg
The helicopter involved in the accident
Accident
DateMarch 27, 2021 (2021-03-27)
SummaryCrashed to the ground; under investigation
Sitenear Knik Glacier, Palmer, Alaska
Aircraft
Aircraft typeAirbus AS350 B3
OperatorSoloy Helicopters
RegistrationN351SH
Occupants6
Passengers5
Crew1
Fatalities5
Injuries1
Survivors1

On 27 March 2021, an Airbus AS350B3 helicopter crashed near the Knik Glacier, Palmer, Alaska. Five occupants died, including Czech billionaire entrepreneur Petr Kellner; one occupant survived.

Aircraft

The helicopter involved in the accident was an Airbus AS350B3, registration N351SH.

Accident

Knik Glacier is located in Alaska
Knik Glacier
Knik Glacier
Approximate location of the accident, Knik Glacier (Alaska)

On 27 March 2021, an Airbus AS350B3 helicopter crashed near the Knik Glacier, Palmer, Alaska during a heliskiing trip in Alaska's backcountry. Five occupants died, one survived. One of the victims was Czech billionaire entrepreneur Petr Kellner.

The crash site

The helicopter crashed into a mountain between Metal Creek and Grasshopper Valley at about 5,500 feet (1,700 m), 10 or 15 feet (3 or 4 m) from the top of the ridge, and rolled some 800 or 900 feet (240 or 270 m) downhill. The missing helicopter was reported to the authorities two hours after the tracking signal stopped.

Investigation

The wreckage was moved to Anchorage for investigation. A preliminary report on the accident was published 13 April 2021; according to the preliminary report, GPS data show the helicopter hovered at a low altitude and speed (about one knot, about 1 mph), maneuvering over the ridge in the last three minutes of the flight. It crashed at about 18:35 AKDT.