Around 4:30 p.m. 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.

According to our information, the Civil Security helicopter had been called to Villard-de-Lans to rescue a mountain biker in difficulty. On board, was a crew of five, pilot, mechanic and rescuers, said the prefecture of Isère in a short statement. The accident left one dead, the mechanic, announced the Minister of the Interior shortly before 7 p.m. Four people are injured. Gérald Darmanin will go there on Monday morning to meet the gendarmes and civil security agents.

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Gilles Toureng, who was walking with his family in the area, noticed that the aircraft was having problems as it flew over the area. Then he heard an explosion and saw thick black smoke behind a hill, where there is a ski slope in winter, which is part of the Côte 2000 ski area. On the images * shot by this witness to the crash, we can see the helicopter in trouble.

“From what I know” he told us, “two bloody but alive people got out of the helicopter.”

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, also expressed his emotion on his Twitter account. He is due to meet Samu teams on Monday morning. He will talk to the injured doctor, if his state of health allows it.

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The Grenoble prosecutor’s office opened an investigation and seized the air transport research section, as well as the Isère gendarmerie group. Two investigators from the research section will arrive at the scene in the evening. Three others will join them tomorrow, according to Eric Vaillant, public prosecutor of Grenoble.

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