Christophorus 4

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Christophorus 4

Christophorus 4 in action in the Wilder Kaiser
Christophorus 4 in action in the Wilder Kaiser

Air rescue center data
Operator: ÖAMTC
Helicopter type: Eurocopter EC 135
Installation: December 10, 1985
Location: Reith near Kitzbühel , Tyrol
Operational readiness: daily from 7 a.m. to ECET
Coordinates: 47 ° 29 '19.3 "  N , 12 ° 21' 52.6"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 29 '19.3 "  N , 12 ° 21' 52.6"  E
Height: 2503 ft

Christophorus 4 is the name given to the location of an emergency helicopter of the Christophorus Air Rescue Association under the umbrella of the Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club . The Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter bears the aircraft registration OE-XVC.

The first test operation of the helicopter base, known at that time as Christophorus 1a , was started on December 10, 1985 at the request of the mayor of the Kitzbühel district . In 1986 it went into full operation under the name Christophorus 4 . The helicopter was stationed at the St. Johann district hospital in Tyrol in the summer half-year and transferred to the Kitzbühel hospital in the winter half-year . This now provides the medical staff for the helicopter. On June 24, 1988 he was given the ecclesiastical blessing by Pope John Paul II . In 1994 and 1997 separate hangars for the helicopter were built at the two locations .

On June 5, 1999 there was an accident in Ellmau near the Hartkaiserbahn . The Christophorus 4 - at that time a helicopter of the type Écureuil N 355  - got caught in a power line of the Austrian Federal Railways during an approach and crashed into an empty house at the time. The machine burned out completely. The ambulance on board was seriously injured and died twelve days later on June 17, 1999. Two other people suffered minor injuries.

From 2008 the helicopter was stationed in Kitzbühel all year round. At the end of 2011, the move to the new location in Reith bei Kitzbühel took place after the Kitzbühel hospital had a new owner.

The daily operational readiness lasts from 7 a.m. until the end of civil twilight . The number of operations is around 800 to 1000 per year. The helicopter is alerted primarily by the Tyrol control center .

See also

Individual evidence

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  2. a b c Christophorus 4 on, accessed on May 1, 2019.
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  4. a b Again and again helicopter accidents in Austria., March 30, 2011, accessed May 1, 2019.
  5. Manfred Pfnier: 20 years of emergency helicopters in Austria (1)., June 12, 2003, accessed on May 2, 2019.