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France: six people die in helicopter crash in Provence


Six people have reportedly died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of Provence in southeastern France.

The aircraft came down at around 13:40 local time in the Verdon Gorge, an area popular with hikers.

The helicopter, reportedly a Cougar, belonged to aviation company Eurocopter and was on a test flight involving pilots and engineers, officials say.

Witnesses said the helicopter had hit an electricity cable before plunging down onto the river bank.

Six people have died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of Provence

Six people have died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of Provence

Firefighters and a team of climbers were dispatched to the scene, as well as a medically-equipped helicopter.

The helicopter came down in one of Europe’s best known river gorges, which runs 700 m (2,300 ft) deep.

Police spokesman Benoit Gounine told reporters that rescuers had trouble reaching the site.

“The accident happened in a very difficult place to access, which complicates our work,” he said.

Investigations are taking place to determine the cause of the crash.

 

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