Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this image of the AgustaWestland AW139 I-AWTQ operated from Leonardo Helicopers while performing training activity in Venegono (VA), July 2019. The helicopter was cancelled early August 2019 towards Spain as EC-NEP.
Thanks to Stefano MILANOLO for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW139 EI-GOU operated by Weststar Aviation Services [wearing the original Air Born Indonesia color scheme] … overnight in Torino, on the way to Equatorial Guinea for off-shore operations in Africa. Torino Caselle, July 2019.
ABC NEWS – Article By MARK OSBORNE
Billionaire coal executive Chris Cline was killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas on Thursday.
BAHAMAS, 5th July 2019 – Cline, who founded the Cline Group and later Foresight Energy and built himself into one of the preeminent coal producers in the country, was one of seven people on a helicopter that crashed near Grand Cay on the Fourth of July, according to his lawyer Brian Glasser.
Four women and three men — all American — were killed in the crash, which took off from Big Grand Cay for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at about 2 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The helicopter was reported missing just before 3 p.m., police said.
One of Cline’s daughters, friends of the family and the pilot were also among those killed, Glasser said.
Bahamas officials did not confirm Cline was on board, however, they did identify the helicopter by tail number. The helicopter was owned by Cline’s Challenger Management LLC.
The helicopter was later found overturned in about 16 feet of water off Grand Cay, where the seven bodies were recovered from the aircraft, police said. The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said the bodies were transported to Rand Memorial Hospital, in Freeport, on Grand Bahama island.
The Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority and police and defense forces were investigating the accident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had an investigator on standby and was ready to assist, NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss told ABC News Friday, while the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority had reported the crash to the agency. The helicopter’s manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters, said it had dispatched a team to the Bahamas.
A State Department spokesperson said the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Nassau, was working with local authorities and providing consular services to the victims’ families.
ABC News’ Matt Foster, Darren Reynolds, Brendan Rand, Christine Theodorou, Ben Gittleson, and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.
Here the link to the original ABC NEWS Article Online … https://abcnews.go.com/International/billionaire-coal-executive-chris-cline-dies-apparent-helicopter/story?id=64143888&cid=clicksource_4380645_null_headlines_hed
Here the link to the ASN Accident Report Page … https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226803
Some new images just added to the AgustaWestland AW139 I-HECO data sheet page … here two samples related to “Horus 3” … operated on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. The first one, thanks to Gianluca GALLI, pictured while taking off from Cirimido (CO) in May 2019 and the second one, thanks to Marco BIANCHI, getting ready at Legnano Hospital Helipad in September 2018.
Thanks to Andreas HOFFMANN and Christoph BRAUN for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW139 registered D-HHXH … operated earlier by Heli-Service Gmbh and lately by Wiking Helicopter Service.
Thanks to Graeme LOVELL for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW109E Power G-SHLS … operated by Sloane Helicopters on behalf of IRCC and soon into active service at Cork, Eire. Sywell, January 2019.
Thanks to Tiziana SPINA for this very nice image of the latest Airgreen’s Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-OLBI … operating on behalf of AREUS 118 Regione Sardegna. Taking off from Nuoro San Francesco Hospital, December 2018.
PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 December 2018
Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities with contract for three AW139 helicopters.
- The contract valued at around €45 million also includes support and training services, with an option for 12 additional helicopters
- Aircraft to perform maritime and mountain SAR, medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief/civil protection missions
- 56 AW139s ordered by the Italian Government for public services to date; over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over 1100 AW139s
In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. Deliveries of the three new aircraft are expected to start shortly and to be completed in 2019.
Over 816,000 rescue operations occur every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy this year. In order to better face these challenges the Italian National Fire Corps, part of the department of firefighters, public rescue and civil defence within the Ministry of the Interior, is acquiring the world’s best rescue helicopter capable to also carry out maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, and disaster relief/civil protection. The AW139 has been selected by the customer following a competitive tender launched in 2017.
The 7 tonne AW139s of the Italian National Fire Corps are expected to progressively replace their AB412s helicopters which have been in service for decades. The new aircraft of the Italian National Fire Corps will feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.
The AW139 design incorporates a large spacious cabin accessed by two sliding doors, powerful engines that deliver class leading performance and safety, making it the aircraft of choice in its weight class. Excellent one engine inoperative capability ensures the aircraft can accomplish the most demanding missions while maintaining the ability to fly away safely in the rare event of an engine failure. The cockpit features the latest technology including fully integrated avionics, a 4axis digital Automatic Flight Control System with dedicated SAR modes and large flat panel colour displays – reducing pilot workload and allowing the crew to concentrate on the mission.