On September 12, a Civil Security helicopter crashed in the town of Villard-de-Lans in southeastern France, leaving one dead and four injured.
According to a press release of the local prefecture, the security helicopter was called to to rescue a mountain biker in the mountainous region. A crew of five was onboard of the helicopter, including a pilot, a mechanic and 3 rescuers.
The mechanic was killed as a result of the incident. The other crew members were evacuated to the Grenoble University Hospital. One of them was in serious condition.
According to preliminary data, a technical problem likely was the cause of the accident. An investigation was opened by the Grenoble prosecutor’s office.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
Ce soir, la grande famille de la sécurité civile a perdu l’un de ses héros. Engagé en intervention en Isère, un mécanicien est décédé après le crash de son hélicoptère. La Nation partage la peine de ses proches. Quatre de ses camarades sont blessés. Nos pensées les accompagnent.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 12, 2021
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