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A Russian businessman and a pilot died in a helicopter crash on the French Riviera


The aircraft was chartered by the Monegasque private company Monacair and was flying between the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Principality of Monaco.

At least two people died on Friday November 25 in the crash in the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes) of a civilian helicopter providing the link between the city of Lausanne, in Switzerland, and the principality of Monaco, a we learned from the firefighters and the prefecture.

The two victims are the French pilot of the helicopter from the Monegasque private company Monacair, aged around 30, and a passenger, a businessman “of Russian nationality with a Maltese passport“, specified the prefecture.

The accident took place around 2 p.m. in the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the border with that of Èze“, told AFP a representative of the prefecture.

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A second scheduled passenger had cancelled.at the last minute“, indicated to AFP the company Monacair. The pilot “had done all his training in the area and knew it very welland the device was “of the latest generation“, she also specified.

The emergency services pointed out that more than fifty firefighters intervened at the site of the crash of the aircraft, specifying that there was no risk of propagation to the vegetation. The Air Transport Gendarmerie also visited the scene. According to the prefecture, the aircraft was chartered by the Monegasque private company Monacair and was flying between the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Principality of Monaco.



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