Two helicopters crashed in Argentina, 9 mars 2015.
Two helicopters collided in mid-air during perfect flying conditions just after take-off from a football pitch while filming the second episode of a new adventure show, Dropped, for France’s biggest private TV station, TF1. The programme was to feature an all-star cast of French sporting figures taken blindfolded by helicopter and left in the wilderness to find their way back to civilisation. In total, eight French nationals were killed, including crew members, as well as two Argentinian pilots. There were no survivors.
The show flies celebrities into rough terrain by helicopter and films their attempts to find food and shelter.
“The sudden death of our fellow French nationals is a cause of immense sadness,” said a statement from French President Francois Hollande.
Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine were the show’s celebrities on board at the time of the crash. They all died.
Other contestants were standing on the ground blindfolded a few hundred metres away when the accident happened near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, French media said.
Reports in Argentina said French swimmer Alain Bernard, who was also taking part in the show, narrowly escaped the crash after getting off one of the helicopters at the last minute to avoid overloading it.
The five other French nationals killed were said to have worked for Adventure Line Productions (ALP), the company making the programme. They were named as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles.