PARIS: Five people have died after two army helicopters collided and crashed in a dense forest area in southern France.
The French police authorities, who were present at the site, said that the Gazelle helicopters both of which belonged to the Ealat military flight training school in nearby Le-Cannet-des-Maures due to “technical reasons” between Cabasse and Carces
The collision took place near the lake of Carces, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the resort of Saint-Tropez, just a few minutes after takeoff at 8:30 am (0730 GMT).
All three people aboard one craft, and the two in the other died in the crash, the Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said Friday.
The cause of the accident was still unclear, and Tarabeux said the helicopters were not equipped with “black box” data recorders that might have explained what happened.
The police authorities implied that the area was uninhabited and that no one on the ground was injured.