Six die in France helicopter crash at Verdon Gorge
Thursday, July 26, 2012
An France, killing all six occupants onboard. The aircraft, owned by manufacturing company , descended in the — located in the of — at roughly 13:30 (1130 ) yesterday. Police lieutenant Benoit Gounine told "[t]he accident occurred in a place that's very difficult to access, which is complicating our work".helicopter has crashed in the south-east of
A spokesperson for Eurocopter said the occupants of the helicopter were company engineers and test pilots. The aircraft, which launched from a heliport near, was being taken on a test flight and was due to be delivered to a customer later. Gilles Bruniaux, security development director at Eurocopter, said the helicopter occupants were "hardened professionals".
Although investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing, initial examinations by police and witness reports suggest the helicopter impacted with an electricity cable before descending. The owner of a restaurant close to the impact site told"customers having lunch on the terrace started yelling — there was an explosion and lots of black smoke".
Verdon Gorge, one of the most famous in Europe, has a depth of 700 metres (2300 feet). The gorge is notable for its popularity with hikers.
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