Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin went to the scene and sent his “condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased mechanic”.

A Civil Security helicopter crashed Sunday, September 12 in the town of Villard-de-Lans (Isère). The accident caused the death of a mechanic who was on board with four other people, announced on Twitter the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin. “I extend my condolences to the family and colleagues of the civil security mechanic who died in the accident of a helicopter going to intervene with 5 people on board. All my support to the large family of civil security and mountain rescue, “said the minister who went to the site.

I will go there tomorrow morning to meet the gendarmes and civil security agents. https://t.co/f3vWv4IzDH

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, former deputy of the department, said he was “upset” on Twitter and spoke of the serious condition of some of the injured. The prefecture of Isère said in a statement that the accident also left one seriously injured, the other three passengers being slightly injured. The Grenoble prosecutor’s office has announced the opening of an investigation. Two investigators from the air transport research section, based in Roissy, arrive on Sunday evening and will be followed by three others tomorrow, the Grenoble public prosecutor told France Télévisions.

While going on a rescue operation in the area, the aircraft “crashed to the ground, with five members of the team on board (crew and rescuers)”, announced the prefecture of the department in a report. press release, confirming information from Dauphiné Libéré. “Rescue operations are underway with the support of land and air resources. The causes of the accident are currently undetermined,” the statement said. “The large plume of smoke that emerged from the crash site alerted several witnesses,” reported France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. According to information from France Bleu Isère, the civil security helicopter had been called to Villard-de-Lans to rescue a mountain biker in difficulty.

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