France Probes Helicopter Crash

Helicopter CrashFrench authorities are investigating a crash in Argentina, involving two helicopters, in which eight French nationals lost their lives.

Three popular French sports personalities including two Argentine pilots are among the dead. An amateur video shows the two helicopters collide during the filming of a TV survival show, known as Dropped, which airs in France.

French President, Francois Hollande, has reacted to the helicopter crash disaster, calling it “a cause for immense sadness”.

One of the French sports personalities who died in the crash was Florence Arthaud, 57, a skilled sailor who won the 1990 Route du Rhum, the prominent solo Atlantic race.

Another personality was Olympic swimmer, Camille Muffat, 25, who won 3 medals in the 2012 London Olympics and Olympic boxer, Alexis Vastine, 28, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the light-welterweight category.

The Argentine pilots who also lost their lives in the helicopter crash were Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

Other 5 French nationals that died were said to have worked for Adventure Line Productions (ALP), the company making the programme. They are Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles.