WATCH: Helicopter crashes during takeoff in Italy

BOLZANO AIRPORT, ITALY — On 27 March 2021, Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (GdiF) lost a fairly new twin engine Leonardo UH-169A helicopter at its home base Bolzano Airport.

Whilst taxiing to the parking spot, the crew of MM81970/504 (construction number 69109) lost control and the UH-169A felt on its side on the tarmac, causing considerable damage to the helicopter. Fortunately, all crew members are unhurt. As usual, an investigation will start to examine the cause of the accident.

The Guardia di Finanza is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is a militarised police force, forming a part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, not the Ministry of Defence. Guardia di Finanza is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy’s primary agency for suppressing the illegal drug trade. It maintains over 600 boats and ships and more than 100 aircraft to serve in its mission of patrolling Italy’s territorial waters.


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