3 French Sports Stars Killed in Argentina Helicopter Crash
Ten people, including three French sports stars, were killed when two helicopters collided in a remote part of Argentina Monday.
Greg Palkot reported on "America's Newsroom" that Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer and bronze-medalist Alexis Vastine, and pioneering sailor Florence Arthaud were killed in the deadly crash.
He said they were contestants in the French reality TV show "Dropped," which leaves well-known athletes in remote areas to survive on their own.
"You can imagine, just like in America, athletes in France are treated with the utmost respect," Palkot said.
He reported that the entire country is "shocked" and "mourning" the deaths of the athletes.
Fox News reported:
"The brutal demise of our compatriots is an immense sadness," said French President Francois Hollande in a statement published on the website of the French daily Liberation.
"Some had finished their careers and one was dreaming of gold in Rio," French Secretary of State for Sport Thierry Braillard said Tuesday on BFM TV channel. "I'm profoundly saddened. French sport has lost three stars this morning."
Hollande's statement identified the remaining victims as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles, as well as Argentine pilots Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.
Palkot explained that an investigation is underway to determine why the two Argentine helicopters collided. He also said that a memorial is being planned for tomorrow in France.
Watch the video above to hear the full report from Palkot on "America's Newsroom."
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