Five Swiss dead in French chopper crash

Five Swiss people died and two more were injured Thursday when their helicopter crashed in France near the border with Switzerland, French officials said.

The EC130 helicopter came down in the garden of a suburban house near the city of Montbeliard, some 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the Swiss border, French police said.

It had taken off from the airport of Lausanne in Switzerland, and the crash took place a few hundred metres from the Montbeliard aerodrome.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Officials rushed to the scene to coordinate emergency services.

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