Deaths reported as two helicopters crash in France

A Gazelle helicopter (file photo).
Last updated: 4 February 2018, 11:56 pm

Five people have died after two army helicopters crashed in southern France.

It is not clear what caused the collision near Carcès lake in Var area, about 30 miles (50km) north-west of St Tropez.

Both Gazelle helicopters belonged to a military flying school called Ealat, officials told WIC News.

The school trains pilots for the army and other military services.

The five-seater Gazelle has been in service with the French military since the 1970s and is used by the French forces in Mali, in their anti-terror mission.

A French army Gazelle crashed into a power line at Caylus in 2003, killing four people.

A similar crash near Draguignan in 1994 killed three people, broadcaster France Info says.

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