Yesterday, one of the more bizarre ski accidents occurred in the French Alps. A skier suffered a near-amputation after the propeller of a small aircraft clipped her when the plane made an emergency landing on a ski slope. The accident happened in the busy resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps.
“The plane slid down the slopes after failing to take off from a snowy runway nearby,” said Patrick Steinmetz, the prosecutor in charge of investigating the incident. An investigation has been opened to determine if the professional pilot is responsible for causing non-voluntary harm.
A 55-year-old woman from Poland “probably did not hear the plane sliding down behind her,” Steinmetz said. The victim was attended by emergency doctors before being taken to hospital by helicopter.
The accident prompted the closure of the ski trail until the end of May, though the resort remains open.