This is truly tragic.
While filming a reality show in South America, two helicopters crashed into each other over Argentina, killing all 10 people aboard. It occurred around 5pm, near Villa Castelli, which is nearly 700 miles (1,100km) north of Buenos Aires.
Three of the victims were athletes from France: Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, and boxer Alexis Vastine. In total, there were eight French nationals and the two Argentine pilots.
The show, Dropped, is an extreme survival show, where the contestants were supposed to find their way back to civilization, but the helicopters crashed shortly after taking off. The weather conditions seemed to be fine, and it’s not clear what caused one helicopter to drift over and run into the other.
Both of the pilots were experienced, with one having flown in the 1982 Falklands war, and the other, Juan Carlos Castillo, having flown for the Argentinian air force and regularly for the reality show. Castillo’s wife, Cristina Alvarez, tried to find an explanation, saying:
“I understand the crash happened at a very low altitude ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ under 100m. It’s very difficult at that height to re-establish [control over] the machine and perform an auto-rotation emergency manoeuvre to land the helicopter without this happening.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people affected by this terrible tragedy.