It has emerged that three people were killed and two severely injured in a helicopter crash on the eve of the French Grand Prix. The helicopter crashed into a forest at 8pm whilst on a shuttle flight between a hotel and the track. There is no news yet on what caused the helicopter to crash on Saturday night.
Emmanuel Longobardi, public relations for Quiksilver and friend of World champion Fernando Alonso, died in the crash. New Zealander Simon McGill was also killed along with the helicopter pilot Pierre Bennehard. Nicolas Duquesne from Bridgestone’s EU Marketing team and his niece Chloe Daudier de Cassini were also aboard the helicopter, but managed to escape and are currently in hospital in Nevers and Dijon undergoing treatment.