Five people, including a Czech billionaire, were killed in an Airbus helicopter crash while heli-skiing in Alaska.
Deadly Airbus Helicopter Crash In Alaska
The Airbus AS350 B3 crashed near a glacier during a ski trip on Saturday. Petr Kellner, who made billions helping to privatize the Czech Republic after the fall of communism, was among five onboard. All guests were staying at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Judd Lake, Alaska. The pilot and guide from the lodge were also killed.
Alaska State Troopers confirmed the crash and that there were no survivors, but have not provided a specific reason for the crash yet. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has dispatched a team to investigate.
Heli-skiing is how the rich avoid waiting in line. A helicopter simply replaces the ski lift, which also aids in accessing remote terrain.
Kellner, 56, was not only a philanthropist, but heavily involved in the affairs of his company. His death has been mourned publicly by the Czech President and Prime Minister.
While I never think twice about boarding an airplane, I do wonder about helicopters. It seems we read about these type of stories fairly often and that helicopter travel in Alaska is particularly fraught with danger.
While the thought of heli-skiing to remote hills in order to ski sounds like a lot of fun, I would certainly think twice about boarding a helicopter on a blustery day in Alaska. I’ve only been on a helicopter once…it later crashed into the East River and there was no Sullenberger to save the day.
My condolences to the families of the deceased.
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