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Helicopter pilot faces manslaughter charge
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An Austrian rescue pilot could be in court after he dropped a fellow rescuer to his death and injured two others. The tragedy happened in thick cloud as they tried to reach a trapped climber.

The pilot was lowering three rescuers to the cliff face when he released the men thinking they were near the rock. They were not and plunged down 10m onto the surface.

One man died instantly and the other two were seriously injured.

The rescue attempt was taking place on the Grossvenediger mountain in the Tirol. The weather at the time was difficult with cloud and high winds.

The public prosecutor is now investigating the incident.

The pilot has not been named.

The rescue attempt was called off and the climber died.  His body has since been recovered.

The Grossvenediger mountain is Austria's 4th highest peak at 3,657m.

For the spirit of the mountains

 

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