10 People including 3 French Sports Personalities killed in Helicopter Collision

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:20

The French presidential office confirmed that three French sports personalities among 10 people were killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina.

Two helicopters, involved in the filming of TV survival show 'Dropped', collided in La Rioja province in the country's north-west killing Eight French nationals and their two Argentine pilots.

Deceased sports personalities include Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine. 

The show, on channel TF1, flies celebrities into rough terrain by helicopter and films their attempts to find food and shelter.

"The sudden death of our fellow French nationals is a cause of immense sadness," said a statement from French President Francois Hollande.

The cause of the crash is as yet unclear and investigations are under way.

Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud were confirmed dead by President Hollande's office

Camille Muffat, 25, won three medals, including gold in the 400m freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics. She retired from competitive swimming in 2014.

Alexis Vastine, 28, won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the light-welterweight category. He was narrowly beaten in the quarter-finals of the 2012 Games.

Florence Arthaud, 57, was a hugely accomplished sailor, winning the 1990 Route du Rhum, the prestigious solo Atlantic race. A serious car accident put her in a coma when she was 17.

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Image uploaded to Facebook on Saturday shows, clockwise from bottom left, Alain Bernard, Philippe Candeloro, Anne-Flore Marxer, Silvain Wiltord, Jeannie Longo, Alexis Vastine, Florence Arthaud and Camille Muffat
 
The three dead stars are visible on the right-hand side of this image of the athletes leaving for Argentina. It was uploaded to Facebook by French Olympian Philippe Candeloro (middle left)
A man stands near the smoking remains of a helicopter that crashed with another near Villa Castelli in the La Rioja province of Argentina on Monday
 
The accident happened in the wild province of La Rioja, close to the Andes mountains
Two helicopters take off in La Rioja province
 
The collision took place moments after the helicopters had taken off

The helicopters collided during filming near Villa Castelli, about 1,170km (720 miles) from Buenos Aires, according to local officials.

Five of those killed were said to have worked for Adventure Line Productions (ALP), the company making the programme.

They were named as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles.

The Argentine pilots were named as Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

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