Three French olympians were among the 10 people that perished in a helicopter crash in Argentina this afternoon, according to an official report from the French presidential office. Eight French nationals and two Argentinian pilots were killed when their two helicopters collided in northwest Argentina, in the La Rioja province.
According to local officials, the crash occurred near the town of Villa Castelli, around 720 miles from the capital, Buenos Aires. It was reported that the two helicopters were in the area for the filming and production of Dropped, a survival-based television program featuring celebrities.
The three French Olympians that were confirmed dead in the helicopter accident were long-distance yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine, and Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat. French President Francois Hollande gave his condolences to the families of the three iconic French athletes. Vastine took home the bronze medal from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and Muffat won three medals in the pool at the London Olympics in 2012.
By Alex Lemieux
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