• June 8, 2023

Missing helicopter, five bodies found on Mount Cusna along with the remains of the aircraft

BOLOGNA – Five corpses were identified among those – seven in all – who were on board the helicopter that disappeared Thursday morning over the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and whose remains were sighted today on Mount Cusna, the Reggio Emilia peak. This is what is learned from the first responders on the spot.

The helicopter would have crashed on the bed of a stream, the Lama, at the Passo degli Scaloni, 1,922 meters above sea level, two kilometers from the Segheria refuge. The area is particularly inaccessible. On the site of the impact there are all the forces that participated in the operations: the Air Force, the Alpine Rescue, the Guardia di Finanza, the Carabinieri of Castelnuovo Monti. The area was seized.

On board the helicopter, which departed from Tassignano airport and headed for Veneto, there were seven people: the 33-year-old pilot from Padua Corrado Levorin and the passengers, Turkish and Lebanese entrepreneurs: Kenar Serhat, Cez Arif, Ilker Ucak, Erbilaltug Bulent, Chadi Kreidy And Tarek El Tayak.

Helicopter disappeared in the Apennines: who is the pilot Corrado Levorin

by Giuseppe Baldessarro

The aircraft had departed on 9 June at 9.30 in the morning from Capannori Tassignano airport, in the province of Lucca, and was headed for the Treviso area. The last trace, from a mobile phone, was detected around 11.50 am near Pievepelago on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

The search operations were followed in Italy by the Turkish embassy in Rome and by the consulate, in contact with the Italian authorities. The prefect of Modena Alessandra Camporota personally coordinated the research activities by receiving a diplomatic delegation from Turkey, led by Ambassador Omer Gucuk, and the Lebanese ambassador Mira Daher, who came from Rome to assist in the research activities of their compatriots.

Helicopter with 7 people on board lost in the Apennines, searches shot from above

The investigation for culpable disaster

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Lucca has launched an investigation. The hypothesis of a crime advanced by the investigators would be that of a culpable disaster. At the moment there would not be registered in the register of suspects.

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