28th anniversary of the shooting down of the AB-205 helicopter engaged in the Monitor Mission in ex-Yugoslavia

(To Army Majority State)

In recent days, at the headquarters of the 5th AVES "Rigel" regiment in Casarsa della Delizia (PN), the 28th anniversary of the shooting down of the Italian Army Air Force's AB-205 was committed. Monitor Mission in the skies of Podrute, homonymous village not far from Novi Marof, the far north of Croatia, located on the borders between Slovenia and Hungary.

The military ceremony culminated in the deposition of a laurel wreath at the Podrute war memorial placed in front of the AB-206, erected as a "city guardian" of the Friulian city in memory of the tragic event.

At the commemoration there were some relatives of the victims, numerous civil and military authorities including the mayor of Casarsa della Delizia, Doctor Lavinia Clarotto, the commander of the Aircraft Brigade "Friuli", brigadier general Stefano Lagorio, the commander of the 5th AVES regiment " Rigel ", Colonel Francesco Spadolini and representatives of the Combat and Weapons Associations of the area.

It was January 7, 1992, when an Italian Army Air Force AB-205 helicopter, radio callsign EC-305, with white livery and European insignia of the Monitor Mission, was shot down by a Serbian Mig during a regular European Community monitoring mission (ECMM). Following the shooting, Lieutenant Colonel Enzo Venturini, Marshals Silvano Natale and Fiorenzo Ramacci, Sergeant Major Marco Matta and a French Navy officer, Jean Loup Eychenne, died.

After the brief but significant ceremony, a suffrage mass was celebrated at the parish church of Santa Croce and Beata Vergine del Rosario officiated by the military chaplain and the prior of Casarsa.