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Corso helicopter crash

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Corso helicopter crash
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Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil
Helicopter Crash Accident
Date17 August 2010 (2010-08-17)
SiteCorso, Boumerdès Province, Kabylia, Algeria
36°44′20″N 3°26′09″E / 36.7390274°N 3.4359076°E / 36.7390274; 3.4359076Coordinates: 36°44′20″N 3°26′09″E / 36.7390274°N 3.4359076°E / 36.7390274; 3.4359076
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Total fatalities2
Total injuries1
Total survivors1
Aircraft typeEurocopter AS350 Écureuil
Aircraft nameEC-KUJ
OperatorIsol Air - HeliTecnics
StopoverManoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
CrewWritten off (damaged beyond repair)

The Corso helicopter crash was the crash of a Spanish civil helicopter at Corso, Algeria, on 17 August 2010, which killed two and injured one.[1][2]


Three technicians took place aboard the aircraft of a helicopter belonging to the Spanish company Isol Air, and had the mission of cleaning the high voltage lines on behalf of the Sonelgaz company in Algeria, when the helicopter was then suddenly crushed.[3][4]

This Spanish company was under contract with the Algerian public electricity and gas company Sonelgaz for the cleaning of these high voltage lines, and the helicopter probably hit one of them before crashing.[5][6]

The three technicians perform such a mission periodically in Algeria, for the benefit of the Spanish company Isol Air, bound by a partnership contract with Sonelgaz.[7][8]


The crash of this helicopter took place early in the day of 17 August 2010 around 7:30 am at a place called Ben Bakhta in the suburb of the city of Corso in the Boumerdès Province within Kabylia, about fifty kilometers east of the city of Algiers.[9][10]

For unknown reasons, the helicopter made a crashing free fall, nosing straight down at the ground.[11][12]


The tally of victims of this crash consisted of a French and a Spaniard who were killed in the helicopter transporting them to repair a defective power line.[13][14]

The emergency services of the Algerian Civil Defence also noted that a third Spaniard technician was injured in this accident.[15][16]

Thus, immediately after the accident reported at around 7:30 am local (6:30 am GMT), the civil protection services went to the place where they evacuated the victims to the Boumerdès hospital.[17][18]

The only injured survivor then received the necessary first aid before being evacuated to the nearby Thénia hospital in a state of coma to the emergency department of this hospital.[19][20]

See also[edit]

  • 2010 in aviation
  • 2010 in Algeria


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  2. "HeliHub.com 17-Aug-10 EC-KUJ Eurocopter AS350B3 Ben Bakhta, Algeria (2F)". helihub.com.
  3. "Algérie : un Espagnol et un Français tués dans le crash d'un hélicoptère à Corso". french.china.org.cn.
  4. "Frenchman, Spaniard die in Algeria helicopter crash". Times of Malta.
  5. Rédaction, La (August 17, 2010). "Crash d'un hélicoptère près de Boumerdès / Mort de deux ressortissants et un troisième blessé".
  6. "Frenchman, Spaniard die in Algeria helicopter crash". Expat Guide to Spain | Expatica. August 16, 2010.
  7. "Un hélicoptère s'écrase à Boumerdès et fait 2 morts dont un français et un espagnol". الشروق أونلاين. August 17, 2010.
  8. "Accident en Algérie: un Français tué". LEFIGARO.
  9. Match, Paris. "Algérie : le crash d'un hélicoptère fait deux morts". parismatch.com.
  10. "Helicopter crash in Algeria kills 2 from France, Spain". GuelphMercury.com.
  11. "Crash d'un hélicoptère à Corso (Boumerdes): 2morts, un blessé". Djazairess.
  12. "Crash d'un hélicoptère à Corso : deux morts et 1 blessé". Djazairess.
  13. APS, Aeronautique ma /. "Deux morts dans le crash d'un hélicoptère à Corso en Algérie". Aeronautique.ma.
  14. "Two killed in helicopter crash" – via www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.
  15. "Algérie : un Français et un Espagnol tués dans un accident d'hélicoptère". Le Soir.
  16. https://www.mediaterranee.com/algerie/faits-divers/algerie-un-espagnol-et-un-francais-tues-dans-le-crash-d-un-helicoptere-a-corso.html
  17. News, Taiwan. "Helicopter crash in Algeria kills 2 | Taiwan News | 2010/08/18". Taiwan News.
  18. "Crash d'un hélicoptère à Corso en Algérie". www.algerie-dz.com.
  19. "Un hélicoptère heurte une ligne haute tension Un français et un espagnol décèdent dans un crash à Corso - Algerie360". www.algerie360.com. August 17, 2010.
  20. "Deux étrangers périssent dans le crash d'un hélicoptère". Djazairess.

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