Preliminary Report: Cable Strike Downs French Helicopter

 - November 4, 2011, 12:52 PM

Eurocopter AS350B3, Vallorcine, France, Sept. 14, 2011–While conducting a daylight mountain survey flight in the French Alps, the light single-engine helicopter struck the cable of a gondola lift and crashed, bursting into flames on impact. The Ecureuil, operated by Chamonix Mont-Blanc Hélicoptères, was destroyed and the pilot and three passengers were killed.