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Two Austrians killed in French Alps glider crash: Official

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Gap, France   /   Mon, August 13, 2018   /   08:55 am
Two Austrians killed in French Alps glider crash: Official View of a telepherique or cable car at (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

Two Austrians -- a man in his fifties and a teenager -- died Sunday when their glider crashed to the ground in the Champsaur valley in the southern French Alps, sources said.

"The alert was sounded by witnesses who saw the glider fall," a local official said, adding that the weather conditions had been "good".

Two rescuers and a doctor were sent to the scene, but the exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known.

The accident happened at a place called Roche Rousse, at an altitude of 2,515 metres (8,280 feet), the local official told AFP.

The pair had taken off from a local aerodrome earlier Sunday, a source close to the inquiry said, adding that they were an Austrian man in his fifties and a boy aged around 15.

The valley, near Grenoble, is famed for its unspoilt farmland crisscrossed by hedgerows and rural residents who still make their living from making cheese and other regional delicacies.