Europe1 .fr with AFP 2:29 p.m., June 24, 2022

Two people died Thursday in Haute-Savoie in the accident of their passenger plane.

The drama took place at the end of the afternoon shortly after the aircraft took off from Albertville "for an overview of the Mont-Blanc massif".

A judicial inquiry has been opened to determine the circumstances of the tragedy.

Two people died Thursday in Haute-Savoie in the accident of their passenger plane in the Mont-Blanc massif, on the Argentière glacier, the department's prefecture said on Friday.

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The tragedy took place at the end of the afternoon shortly after the aircraft took off from Albertville (Savoie) "for an overview of the Mont-Blanc massif", when contact with the victims was lost.

The "SATER" plan (aero-terrestrial rescue) was then triggered by the prefects of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, explains the prefecture of Haute-Savoie in a press release.

An open judicial inquiry

"As night fell and weather conditions did not allow overflight of the sector where the aircraft had been detected for the last time, search operations were suspended until daybreak" on Friday, it says. from the same source.

"Heavily damaged" on the ground, the plane was discovered at 6:30 a.m. by the helicopter crew of the high mountain gendarmerie platoon (PGHM), "in the center of the Argentières glacier at 2,600 meters above sea level" .

Its two occupants - an instructor and his student - did not survive the accident.

A judicial inquiry has been opened to determine the circumstances of the tragedy.

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