Helicopter crashes with six people on board sparking search for survivors

A helicopter has crashed with six people on board in France, prompting a search for survivors.

The crash reportedly happened at an altitude of around 1,800 meters in Savoie, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France, around 7pm tonight.

The pilot managed to sound the warning before being removed from the EC135 helicopter, according to reports.

Fog prevents helicopters from reaching the crash site, although search and rescue teams go to the site on foot.

The helicopter also had a pilot on board and two winch operators and two rescue workers in the mountains.

Savoyard prefecture said contact had been made with one of the people on board.

The French air accident agency said separately that it had opened an investigation and would send a team to the site.

The accident comes just months after a helicopter crashed into a road in the UK.

Emergency services were called to the scene in July on the A299 near Herne Bay in Kent.

Fortunately, there was no fire at the crash site and no one was trapped on the plane.

A fire department spokesman said, “Fortunately, there was no fire or traps, so the crew was able to secure the site while paramedics cared for the pilot and passengers.”