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Two French soldiers are killed and five are seriously injured as their helicopter crashes into the Pyrenees

Two French soldiers are killed and five are seriously injured as their helicopter crashes into the Pyrenees

  • Cougar’s military helicopter crashed in the Pyrenees near the town of Lameac
  • Two French soldiers died, while five were seriously injured
  • A French army spokesman said the victims were between 25 and 38 years old
  • Assistant Chief Olivier Michel and Brigadier General Vincent Monguillon were killed

Two French soldiers died and five others were seriously injured when a Cougar military helicopter crashed into the Pyrenees on Wednesday.

Due to the horrific accident, the transport aircraft landed on Wednesday afternoon in a field near the town of Lameac, near Tarbes.

“The helicopter carried out an exercise when the accident happened,” said French Army spokesman Benoît Brulon, who said the victims were between 25 and 38 years old.

“There were seven people on board,” he said without identifying any of them.

Two French soldiers died and five others were seriously injured when a Cougar military helicopter crashed in the Pyrenees in a field near the town of Lameac

Two French soldiers died and five others were seriously injured when a Cougar military helicopter crashed in the Pyrenees in a field near the town of Lameac

Emergency and military services came to the scene, but two of the men could not be rescued

Emergency and military services came to the scene, but two of the men could not be rescued

Emergency and military services came to the scene, but two of the men could not be rescued

The French Ministry of Defense confirmed that Adjutant-Chief Olivier Michel (L) and Brigadier General Vincent Monguillon (R) lost their lives in the tragedy

The French Ministry of Defense confirmed that Adjutant-Chief Olivier Michel (L) and Brigadier General Vincent Monguillon (R) lost their lives in the tragedy

The French Ministry of Defense confirmed that Adjutant-Chief Olivier Michel (L) and Brigadier General Vincent Monguillon (R) lost their lives in the tragedy

The seven on board were traveling in a military helicopter, similar to the model shown

The seven on board were traveling in a military helicopter, similar to the model shown

The seven on board were traveling in a military helicopter, similar to the model shown

They were all members of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (RHC), located in Pau, near the French border with Spain.

Designed to carry both troops and equipment, the Eurocopter AS532 Cougar crashed into ‘fair weather’, according to witnesses.

“We heard a noise and then saw thick smoke rising in the air,” said one of them, speaking to local media.

He added, “At first we thought it was a farmer who started the fire. Then we saw all the emergency services. “

Two of the injured were evacuated by helicopter and three by road to hospitals in Tarbes and Toulouse.

The Pyrenees are a popular military training ground for the French armed forces

The Pyrenees are a popular military training ground for the French armed forces

The Pyrenees are a popular military training ground for the French armed forces

Tarbes prosecutor Pierre Aurignac confirmed that an investigation had been initiated and that he was on his way to the scene.

Florence Parly, the French defense minister, is also said to make a statement.

Last November, seven members of the Pau-based RHC were killed when a low-altitude Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter collided with a Eurocopter AS532 Cougar military transport helicopter at low altitude overnight while on a flight near the town of Ménaka. Northern Mali was.

The helicopters chased enemy fighters in vehicles and motorbikes after the ground forces invoked air support.

The helicopters collided and crashed, killing everyone on board. An investigation into the disaster is ongoing.

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