Helicopter Crashes in Baltic, One Survivor

Saturday, March 1, 2014
By George Hatcher

A Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht-operated MBB BK 117C-1 helicopter training out of Güttin airfield on Rügen island fell from the sky.

The German Martime Search and Rescue Service was on a training mission in Christoph Offshore 2 chopper when the helicopter lost altitude and fell into the Baltic. Two pilots and two passengers, a doctor and a rescue assistant, were aboard.

Both of the pilots were rescued, but one died shortly afterwards. The second pilot is suffering from hypothermia. Overnight, divers flew aboard a helicopter to the crash site and retrieved the doctor and rescue assistant’s bodies from inside the helicopter.

Several vessels were involved in the rescue, as well as air support.

The helicopter was stationed on Rügen for energy companies with wind turbines in the Baltic Sea.

The MBB BK 112 is a joint development between Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) of Germany and Kawasaki of Japan.

The following video is of Christoph 43.

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