Helicopter “AUGUSTA A109E”
7n.m. south of Cape Sounio (Greece)
Crash Accident – Helicopter wreckage recovery from -265 meters - the deepest recovery in Greek waters.
Whilst transferring a patient from Syros to Piraeus, the ‘’AUGUSTA A109E’’ crashed at the sea area south of Cape Sounio. POSEIDON was contracted for the research & recovery of the wreckage of the helicopter from a sea depth of 256-265m. The operation was conducted in cooperation with the NATIONAL CENTER FOR MARINE RESEARCH (NCMR). POSEIDON made use of their underwater highly technologically advanced equipment such as side scan sonar for locating the wreckage and R.O.V. for checking the condition and way of recovering the wreckage’s pieces. The range of research was substantially wide as the wreckage was scattered due to the great velocity of the helicopter, the -25m sea depth and finally the extremely adverse weather conditions (strong winds, sea currents at a speed greater than 2 knots). In total, 74 pieces were recovered within a period of 30 days.