Judge in charge of helicopter collision investigation confirms 10 dead

Judge confirms that helicopter collision in western Argentina killed 10 and says victims’ bodies have been transported to provincial capital in order for autopsies to be carried out.

VILLA CASTELLI, LA RIOJA PROVINCE, ARGENTINA (MARCH 10, 2015) (CH 13) – The judge in charge of the investigation into the deadly helicopter collision in Argentina confirmed on Tuesday (March 10) that 10 people were killed in the crash and that the bodies of the 10 victims had been sent to the provincial capital of La Rioja in order to carry out autopsies.

Three French sports stars – Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and boxer Alexis Vastine – were among 10 people killed when two helicopters collided in Argentina on Monday (March 9) during the filming of a reality TV show.

“What I can say is that there was a collision between two helicopters here in the Villa Castelli region, La Rioja province, Argentina at the moment that they were leaving for the production of an international program. As a result of the collision between the two aircraft, unfortunately 10 people have been killed,” said judge Virginia Illanes Bordon.

She said that the bodies of the crash victims had been transported to La Rioja’s provincial capital to carry out autopsies.

“The only thing that I arranged for was the transportation of the bodies to the capital in order for the autopsies to be carried out,” she said.

The victims included the helicopters’ two pilots, both of whom were military-trained, according to Argentine daily La Nacion.

“Dropped” involves contestants being left in the wilderness and using their skills to find their way back to civilization.

As part of the show, other contestants were standing blindfolded on the ground a few hundred meters from the helicopters’ flight path, French media reported. They ran to the crash site but could not extinguish the fire, a contestant’s assistant told French broadcaster RFI.