French Sécurité Civile EC145 Helicopter Crashes Killing Three

A Eurocopter EC145 helicopter, operated by the French civil defence agency Sécurité Civile, went off the radar in the early morning of Monday and crashed in the flood-affected southern French department of Bouches-du-Rhône.

“In the evening of December 1, as the EC145 Civil Security helicopter was heading to Le Luc-et-le-Cannet (Var) for a search and rescue operation, the radio and radars went off. Despite significant search efforts [on land and in the air], the three crew of the helicopter were found dead at 0030 hrs (GMT) near the town of Rove (Bouches-du-Rhone),” according to a statement from statement the Interior Ministry.

The statement identified the deceased as pilot Jean Garat, engineer Michel Escalin, and firefighter Norbert Savornin.

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