SHARE
COPY LINK

FRENCH ALPS

Two Austrians ‘killed in French Alps glider crash’

Two Austrians -- a man in his fifties and a teenager -- died Sunday when their glider crashed to the ground in the Champsaur valley in the southern French Alps, sources said.

Two Austrians 'killed in French Alps glider crash'
Photo: David Martyn/Depositphotos

“The alert was sounded by witnesses who saw the glider fall,” a local official said, adding that the weather conditions had been “good”. 

Two rescuers and a doctor were sent to the scene, but the exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known.

The accident happened at a place called Roche Rousse, at an altitude of 2,515 metres (8,280 feet), the local official told AFP.

The pair had taken off from a local aerodrome earlier Sunday, a source close to the inquiry said, adding that they were an Austrian man in his fifties and a boy aged around 15.

The valley, near Grenoble, is famed for its unspoilt farmland crisscrossed by hedgerows and rural residents who still make their living from making cheese and other regional delicacies.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

FRENCH ALPS

‘It’s a miracle’: Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps

A 12-year-old boy was found alive Wednesday 40 minutes after being swept away and buried by an avalanche while skiing with his parents in the French Alps, rescuers said.

'It's a miracle': Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps
Illustration photo: AFP
The family had just left a groomed run for an off-piste sector at the La Plagne ski area in southeast France when the boy was caught by the cascading mass of snow at around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).
   
He was not carrying a transmitting beacon that could alert rescuers to his position quickly.
   
But a sniffer dog brought in by the French mountain police squad from nearby Courchevel found him around 40 minutes later.
   
“It's a miracle because he had no victim detection device. The chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow,” one of the rescuers told AFP.
   
The child, who suffered only a broken leg, was taken to the hospital at Grenoble.
SHOW COMMENTS