One dead and four injured in the crash of a French Civil Security helicopter in Villard-de-Lans (Isère)

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Around 16:30 this Sunday, a Civil Security helicopter crashed in the town of Villard-de-Lans. The accident left one dead and four injured. A technical problem could be the cause of the accident. The Grenoble prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation.

The Civil Security helicopter had been called to Villard-de-Lans to rescue a mountain biker in difficulty. Onboard there was a crew of five people, a pilot, a mechanic and 3 rescuers, said the prefecture of Isère in a press release.

The accident left one dead, the mechanic, announced the Minister of the Interior shortly before 19:00. The other members of the crew – the pilot, a doctor from the SAMU and two gendarmes – were taken care of by the medical teams and evacuated to the Grenoble University Hospital. One of them had serious injuries, the others being more lightly injured.

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