Skier Hit by Airplane in the French Alps


An emergency landing nearly ended in tragedy last week when an airplane was forced down on a ski slope in the French ski resort Avoriaz, the French news outlet Agence France-Presse reports.

During the forced landing, the airplane managed to avoid most of the people on the busy ski hill but hit a Polish skier before coming to a stop.

The woman was lucky to survive the ordeal, but she nearly lost her hand after the propeller hit it.

The airplane, a D.140 Mousquetaire made by French airplane maker Jodel, was equipped with skis and reportedly slid down the ski slope, narrowly missing a group of children and a ski lift.

The Mousquetaire had taken off from the Avoriaz Altiport, located near the ski resort.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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