Helicopter crash sees emergency services scrambled as six passengers missing

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An urgent search is under way for six people declared missing after their helicopter crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.

The aircraft crashed at an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,905 feet), local authorities said.

The pilot of the aircraft, which also had another pilot on board as well as two winch operators and two mountain rescue workers, was able to eject and give the alert.

Three rescue helicopters were dispatched but have been unable to reach the accident site due to fog while rescue teams were also
trying to approach by ground, authorities revealed in a statement.

The Savoie prefecture added that contact had been established with one of the people who had been on board.

France's air accident bureau said separately that it had opened an investigation and would dispatch a team to the site.

Last month seven were killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt after their aircraft "suffered technical failure".

A military plane is understood to have crashed in South Sinai, Egypt, after the aircraft suffered a "technical failure," killing at least seven people, and injuring others.

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Sky News Arabia reported seven soldiers from America, France and the Czech Republic were killed in the crash.

The broadcaster tweeted that the helicopter was from the International Observer Force.

Sky News Arabia tweeted: “Our correspondent in Cairo: American peacekeepers were wounded in South Sinai, after a reconnaissance plane fell due to a technical failure.”

In further tweets, the broadcaster said seven soldiers “of different nationalities” were killed in the “crash of a helicopter of the International Observer Force in Sinai”.

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