Argentina Investigates Deadly Helicopter Crash

Argentine officials are investigating the collision between two helicopters that killed eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots on Monday.

The officials are to be joined by French experts at the site of the crash near Villa Castelli, La Rioja province.

Three French sport stars were among the victims of the collision during the filming of TV survival show, ‘Dropped’.

French President Francois Hollande said the accident was “a cause of immense sadness” for the two countries. He is also sending two investigators and two aeronautical advisors to Argentina to assist in finding out what went wrong.

The cause of the crash is as yet unclear. Video of the accident shows the helicopters flying close to each other in clear conditions, before one appears to fly into the other.

Argentine civil aviation investigators are combing the crash site, looking for mobile phones, documents and other mostly charred items.

The three sports stars that died in the crash are, Camille Muffat, 25, who won three medals, including gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. She retired from competitive swimming in 2014. Alexis Vastine, 28, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won bronze in the light-welterweight category. He was narrowly beaten in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Games. Florence Arthaud, 57, was a hugely accomplished sailor, winning the 1990 Route du Rhum, the prestigious solo Atlantic race.

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