Helicopter Crash in Argentina Makes 10 Victims, Including 3 French Sports Personalities

Ten people, of whom eight were French people, including 3 sports personalities, and the rest were the two Argentine pilots, have died in a crash involving two helicopters in Argentina on Monday.


The debris of the crash in a mountainous region of La Rioja

The two helicopters have allegedly crashed into each other in midair on Monday in the vicinity of Villa Castelli in La Rioja province. The spot of the crash is located around 1 170 km northwest of Buenos Aires.

Photographs of the burning wreckage of the two helicopters illustrate the extent of the reality-show-turned-disaster.

French Olympic gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud, were among the ten victims.


Champion sailor Florence Arthaud, boxer Alexis Vastine and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat were all victims of a double helicopter crash in Argentina. Photo credits: Murad Sezer / Reuters

Arthaud was an expert in sailing, having won the famed Route du Rhum race in 1990. Alexis Vastine won a bronze medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Muffat had won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the Olympic Games in 2012, a silver medal in the 200-meter freestyle and a bronze in the 4 by 200-meter freestyle relay.

The other victims were identified to be Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles. The Argentine pilots were Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

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