Rescue Helicopter Crashes on Monte Rosa – Everyone Miraculously Safe

An Italian rescue helicopter of Italy has crashed high up on Monte Rosa, on the Swiss-Italian border. Miraculously, no one on board was injured.

The helicopter was responding to an SOS when it crashed on Monte Rosa’s upper glacier, right under the Capanna Margherita refuge. At 4,556m, it is the highest mountain hut in Europe.

The helicopter left Borgosesia to help a mountaineer who had fallen into a crevasse on the glacier.

“We were on Monte Rosa, more or less at 4,500 meters and everything was going well, when suddenly we heard a thud,” Paolo Pettinaroli, a passenger in the helicopter, told Corriere della Sera. “It happened in a moment. We didn’t understand, I don’t know what happened. We had arrived. But the helicopter was destroyed.”

the helicoper laying on a huge glacier on Monte Rosa's summit area.

The wrecked helicopter on the Monte Rosa glacier. Photo: Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico Piemonte – CNSAS


Pettinarolo told the Italian paper that despite their brush with death, the rescuers managed to get the climber out of the crevasse. He was also unharmed and could continue on his own with his partners.

Afterward, a helicopter from Zermatt picked up the rescuers and brought them down to the valley. The helicopter crew was then taken to the hospital for routine tests, which confirmed that they were all fine.

Check a video of the fallen helicopter on the mountain here.

Monte Rosa is the largest massif of the Alps range. Its highest point, 4,634m Point Dufour, is the second highest peak in western Europe after Mont Blanc.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.