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March 31, 2021

Helicopter Crash on Glacier in Alaska Kills 5 of 6 — Sole Survivor Is Snowboarder David Horváth

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A crash in Alaska has reportedly led to the death of five people out of six that were on board a helicopter. The richest man in the Czech Republic was said to be a victim of the crash. 

An Alaskan helicopter crash has claimed the lives of five out of six people who were on board. Olympic snowboarder David Horvath was said to have been the only survivor.

Reports showed that among the victims was Petr Kellner, who held the title of the richest man in the Czech republic. The crash was said to have happened on a remote ridge in northern Chugach Mountain.

Rescue workers, soldiers and civilians walk around the wreckage of a military helicopter that crashed on March 4, 2021 | Photo: Getty Images

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The victims included two guides and three clients from the Tordrillo Mountain lodge. The crash happened at about 6:30 pm when the Airbus AS350B3 crashed into the Knik Glacier.

Investigators have also revealed that the aircraft slammed into a 6,000ft high peak, and although the pilot tried to avert the crash, the helicopter plunged downwards.

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The sole survivor is said to be badly injured but in stable condition and responding to treatment at the hospital. The other victims of the crash are Gregory Harms, Benjamin Larochaix, Sean McMannary, and Zachary Russell.

Last year, a similar occurrence was recorded in Alaska after a Yute commuter service plane plunged downwards.

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Hovarth had posted a photo of their expenditure a few hours before the crash was reported. The other five victims were confirmed dead at the crash site. The Czech Republic's prime minister has since shared a tribute to Kellner, the late investment magnate. 

Kellner’s death was officially announced in a statement released by PPF Group, an investment franchise he co-founded. The public figure’s professional life was synonymous with creativity and an impeccable work ethic.

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Further details were outlined, informing the public that his funeral would be held with close family members in attendance. Kellner’s family also asked for privacy while they mourn.

Last year, a similar occurrence was recorded in Alaska after a Yute commuter service plane plunged downwards 19 kilometers south of Tuntutuliak. Its place of departure was Bethel, Alaska. 

A recovery group found five bodies, including the pilot, on different days. The crash site was a snow-covered tundra that was accessible through snow machines and air. The aircraft was said to have crashed under unknown circumstances.

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