Three French athletes die in Argentina helicopter crash
10 people including three french athletes lost their lives when two helicopters collided midair in La Rioja province on Monday night.
10 people, including three French athletes, lost their lives when two helicopters collided mid-air in La Rioja province on Monday night. The helicopters were involved in the filming of reality TV show “Dropped” at the time of the incident.
Eight of the 10 dead were French citizens. The other two victims were Argentines Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate, the co-pilots.
A brief about the athletes:
Florence Arthaud – One of the best sailors in the world, the 57-year old won the Route du Rhum in 1990.
Camille Muffat – The 25-year old won three medals including gold in the 400 m individual relay at the 2012 London Olympics.
Alexis Vastine – The 28-year old was a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the lightweight category.
The other stars participating in the show were swimmer Alain Bernard, cyclist Jeannie Longo, footballer Sylvain Wiltord, snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer and figure skater Philippe Candeloro. All of them were unharmed.
The witnesses present at the venue told a radio station that the helicopters brushed in the air and immediately exploded. The officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
What sad, sad, news. Rest in peace, Camille. http://t.co/PXd5dMb2Vl— Braden Keith (@Braden_Keith) March 10, 2015
absolutely speechless, RIP Camille Muffat. pic.twitter.com/EEsnJEKl03— Jessica Lloyd (@jessicalloyd308) March 10, 2015
RIP Olympic Champion Camille Muffat. You will be dearly missed. X pic.twitter.com/dVaVlfiUT2— Becky Adlington (@BeckAdlington) March 10, 2015
Such saddening news to hear about the death of Camille Muffat. A true sportswoman who brought so much to the world of swimming...— Aimee Willmott (@aimee_willmott) March 10, 2015
Absolutely devastating news, a life taken way too soon. RIP Camille Muffat.— Jessica Hardy (@swimhardy) March 10, 2015
Saddened to hear of the passing of Olympian Camille Muffat, an absolute tragedy. Thoughts and prayers are with those close to her #RIPCM— Australian Swim Team (@SwimmingAUS) March 10, 2015
I'm stunned to hear of the loss of Camille Muffat. I've raced her so many times. She will be missed. :( #RIP— Chloe Sutton (@csutswim) March 10, 2015
So sad to hear about Camille Muffat. Rest in peace.— Alex Meyer (@AlexMeyerSwims) March 10, 2015
I am horrified to hear of Olympic Champion Camille Muffat's tragic death.Swimming hero and an inspiration to many.A great loss for the world— Lauren Boyle (@1aurenboyle) March 10, 2015
Camille Muffat, may you rest in peace! All thoughts and prayers go to your family and friends. I am devastated about all our loss.— Dimitri Colupaev (@DimitriColupaev) March 10, 2015
The swimming world lost a legend today.. #CamilleMuffat you will be dearly missed