Thanks to RUI CARDOSO for these new images of the AgustaWestland A109S Grand I-RAKE operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Portugal on behalf of INEM Emergencia Medica … at Hospital Santa Maria, Lisboa, January 2020. This helicopter was operated for ten years in Italy from Inaer Aviation Italia and later Babcock MCS Italia, before the transfer to Portugal.
15 December 2018 – Today a fatal incident involved the Agusta A109S Grand (c/n 22007) I-EITC in Portugal while operating on behalf of Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica (INEM).
After dropping off a patient an Agusta A109 helicopter was returning to his base Macedo de Cavaleiros in the district of Braganca when it crashed in bad weather. The helicopter was missed around 18:37LT and was found around 01:30LT 16-12) in the night. Authorities were able to reach the possible location of the helicopter through the geolocation of the mobile phones of the aircraft’s own crew.
Two pilots, a nurse and a doctor didn’t survive.
According to a statement from the government department “The preliminary assessment of the wreckage that has been possible so far indicates that the crash occurred following a collision with an existing broadcasting antenna in the area”.