On February 11, 2003, about 0100 local time, an Agusta A-109E, SK-HDV, operated by Helitalia, and owned by the Hellenic Emergency Medical Service, was destroyed when it collided with the Aegean Sea while on a visual approach to Ikaria Island, Greece. The captain, first officer, paramedic, and doctor were fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the emergency medical services flight, conducted under the regulations of the Greek government.

According to an advisor to the Investigator-in-Charge, when the helicopter failed to land at its destination, it was reported missing and a search was initiated. The helicopter was located approximately 1.2 miles from the end of the runway, in about 150 meters of water, inverted. Examination of the helicopter revealed that it impacted the water in a left bank, slight nose down attitude, at low speed.

The helicopter was recovered 28 days after the accident.

The investigation is under the direction of the government of Greece. For further information, contact:

Hellenic Republic
Ministry of Transport and Communication
Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board (HAAIASB)
Ex American Base
Building 221
167 01 Helliniko
Telephone: 30-210-9973024
Facsimile: 30-210-9973184

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