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French investigators had been Wednesday in search of to establish the reason for the crash of a mountain rescue helicopter within the Alps that left 5 useless with solely the pilot surviving however badly wounded.
The helicopter, an Airbus EC135 operated by a personal agency, crashed Tuesday night across the city of Bonvillard simply exterior Albertville, one of many essential resorts within the French Alps.
The prefect, the highest native official, for the Savoy area Pascal Bolot mentioned of the 5 passengers and pilot on board solely the pilot had survived however was badly wounded.
Despite troublesome climate situations with fog on the crash website 1,800 metres (6,000 ft) above sea stage, he was evacuated to hospital. Bolot mentioned it was the pilot himself who had raised the alarm.
He added that an investigation has been opened by the prosecutor for Albertville however didn’t supply any clarification over how the crash occurred.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin can also be due on the scene later Wednesday. Investigators from France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis (BEA) company for aviation are additionally set to reach.
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Two of these killed had been members of a particular mountain police unit for the Alps — a captain aged 45 and a brigadier aged 39 — who had been collaborating in a coaching train, France’s nationwide police drive mentioned on its Twitter account.
The different three killed had been staff of the personal agency that operated the helicopter and likewise employed the pilot.
“To save lives, they take all the risks,” President Emmanuel Macron mentioned in a tweet, paying tribute to these killed and the pilot “fighting for his life”.