Billionaire Petr Kellner, 56, Benjamin Larochaix, 50, Gregory Harms, 52, Sean McManamy, 38, and Zachary Russel, 33, killed, one seriously injured after helicopter crashes near Knik Glacier in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska

Modified Date: 
Thu, 04/08/2021 - 7:04am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Helicopter crash in the area of Knik Glacier kills 5 people, leaving sole survivor in serious condition

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge said in a written statement Sunday evening the helicopter was on a heli-ski outing and carrying two Tordrillo Mountain Lodge guides, three guests and a pilot from Soloy Helicopter.

Helicopter crashes in Alaska killing 5, seriously injuring 1

The Eurocopter AS50 crashed under unknown circumstances near Butte at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday.

5 Dead, One Injured In Helicopter Crash At Alaska Glacier

The crash site is Knik Glacier northeast of Anchorage. It was not clear from the trooper report on Sunday whether the helicopter crashed on or next to the glacier.

Czech billionaire among 5 killed in Alaska helicopter crash

Among the dead in the Saturday evening crash was billionaire Petr Kellner, the richest man in the Czech Republic. The survivor, who has not been identified, was taken to an Anchorage hospital and listed in serious but stable condition Sunday.

NTSB: Helicopter crash that killed 5 occurred near the top of a high ridge above the Knik Glacier

The Airbus AS350B3 carried two guides and three clients from a lodge on a heli-skiing expedition in the steep, snowy backcountry of the Chugach Mountains near Palmer.

2 hours lapsed between last signal and overdue report on fatal Alaska helicopter flight

Preliminary information indicates the heli-ski operators didn’t realize there was a problem until two hours after the satellite tracking signal stopped, authorities say.

As investigation into fatal helicopter crash gathers speed, survivor says he is open to interview

The National Transportation Safety Board is ramping up its investigation into the crash in steep backcountry above Knik Glacier.

People Involved: 
Petr Kellner
Benjamin Larochaix
Gregory Harms
Sean McManamy
Zachary Russel

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