Such grief! This is terrible.
Sources: Yahoo News/Reuters and The Independent
Mother and newborn killed in French helicopter crash
AJACCIO, France (Reuters) - Five people were killed in a helicopter crash on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, including a mother and the baby she gave birth to during the flight, a local official said on Sunday.
The rescue services' helicopter was taking the woman to hospital on Saturday evening when it crashed in a mountainous area near the city of Bastia in bad weather conditions.
Two pilots and a medic were also on board.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement offering his condolences to the victims' families and saying Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie would visit the accident site on Sunday afternoon.Baby killed in air crash just minutes after birth
A baby, born in mid-air in a medical helicopter, died minutes later when the aircraft crashed into Corsican mountains, killing its mother, a doctor and two pilots.
President Nicolas Sarkozy today expressed his “deep distress” at the unexplained accident, which happened near Bastia in northern Corsica on Saturday night.
The civil defence helicopter was sent to a clinic in the small town of Ponte-Leccia after a 20 years old woman went into emergency labour. She was taken on a 15 minute flight to hospital in Bastia but the machine crashed into a 500 metre high ridge of the Lancone mountains in mist and high winds.
Rescue workers who located the crash site in the early hours found the bodies of the mother, a 43 years old female accident and emergency doctor and the pilots, aged 56 and 42. They also discovered the remains of the newborn baby.
No distress message was sent by the helicopter and no message to say that the baby had been born in flight.
“Both the pilots were experienced and had worked in Corsica for several years and were used to this kind of flight,” said Hervé Bouchaert, the prefect in upper Corsica. He added that the weather was “appalling”.
A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke of his “great distress” and “very great sadness” that a medical flight had ended so tragically. An investigation is under way.
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Such grief! This is terrible.
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oh my gosh, that's just tragic..
At least the mommy and baby died together. How sad... a moment of sheer joy followed by death.
My heart completely goes out to the father. Wow, I can't imagine what he's going through now.
How terrible!!! Geez!! What do you say in times like that?
Helicopters - avoid.
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Could you imagine thinking YES I did it in a freakin helicopter I'm awesome then bam you're dead?
Oh, how awful! It makes you think how fragile life is. RIP to all those people on board.
Rock the fuck on!
helicopters scare the crap out of me.
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This is just horrific. I hate the news section, I always feel like shit after reading these articles.
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