A helicopter crashed in the French Alps, killing five of the six people on board
According to CNN, the privately owned plane was on a rescue mission when it crashed near the town of Bonvillard in Savoy.
The cause of the accident is unclear, but authorities say it may have been caused by bad weather.
The alarm was triggered by the pilot who escaped the helicopter and was found seriously injured.
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The helicopter is owned by French Air Service, a private company that conducts search and rescue missions and other air services throughout France.
In a tweet, French President Emmanuel Macron shared “the nation’s support for the families, friends and colleagues of these French heroes.
French authorities said the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135, was carrying an air rescue team on a training mission when it fell from a height of 1,800 meters.
The surviving pilot raised the alarm around 7:10 p.m. local time (6:10 p.m. GMT) after successfully escaping the helicopter.
The crew on board consisted of two pilots, one in training with two winch operators and two alpine rescuers.
Synergy officers from the police union named Amaury Lagroy de Croutte as one of the victims. Since 2018, Mr. de Croutte has headed a local mountain division of the CRS, the French riot police.
Three helicopters were sent to the construction site as part of a rescue team of more than 40 people, but the plane was unable to reach the construction site due to fog. Instead, the pilot was picked up by a group of rescuers who approached on foot.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he will visit the crash site today, Wednesday 9 December.