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Two killed in helicopter crash in northern France: police

Two Belgians died on Saturday after their helicopter crashed in northern France, police said.

The Robinson R44 helicopter that took off from a private property in Willebroek, Belgium on Saturday morning was headed for Spain, police said.

It crashed in a field at Luzoir, a small village in the Aisne region, killing the pilot, a 52-year-old real estate agent who also owned the helicopter and a 32-year-old passenger.

Local officials said the cause of the crash would be investigated.

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Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast

Three people have died while kayaking off the northern French coast, authorities said Sunday.

Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast
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A fourth person aged 15 was rescued, suffering from hypothermia, and taken to hospital, they added.

The Amiens prefecture said the bodies of a man and a woman in their 50s were found on the beach at Crotoy after midnight while the body of another man was recovered later.

It said eight kayakers, members of a local club at Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, set out Saturday afternoon but they split up into two groups, with four returning to base and the others continuing, aiming for Cayeux-sur-Mer down the coast.

The alarm was raised at 17:45 pm (1645 GMT), with two helicopters and rescue boats involved.

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