Keyword: French Alps
Earlier this month the body of a 20-year-old Nigerian woman was found floating in the river Durance, in the foothills of the French Alps. Blessing Matthew had crossed illegally into France from Italy along a treacherous route of mountain passes increasingly used by desperate migrants. From witness accounts, it appears likely that Blessing drowned in the icy waters of the Durance while attempting to escape from one of the frequent border patrols which local migrant support groups say employ dangerously heavy-handed methods. One week later, the body of a man believed to be a migrant was found on a nearby mountainside. Mathilde Mathieu reports from the Alpine region where it is feared the springtime thaw may reveal yet more fatalities.
In the first public statement by a member of the family of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who German prosecutors found solely responsible for crashing his plane in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board in March 2015 because of a depressive condition, caused anger among victms' families by claiming a carbon monoxide leak in the cabin was the cause.
Police say a Dutch national was killed in the avalanche at Alpine resort of Valfréjus on Wednesday, with two other Dutch citizens also missing.
The separate accidents over the weekend claimed the lives of four men and a woman including climbers, a wingsuit jumper, a paraglider and a hang glider.
In email to his doctor two weeks before the crash Andreas Lubitz said: 'I'm afraid to go blind and I can't get this possibility out of my head.'
Six other members of a group of about 50 troops were injured after an avalanche hit their skiing exercise at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres.
The teacher led his pupils onto a closed black piste where two of the teenagers and a nearby tourist died after becoming engulfed in an avalanche.
Probe seeks to determine if co-pilot's mental state could have been detected by airline or others before the March 24 crash which claimed 150 lives.
Prosecutor says Patrice Menegaldo, who killed himself last year, is chief suspect in 2012 murder of al-Hilli family and French cyclist.
French crash report says Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set Spain-bound plane to drop to 100ft before slamming it into French Alps on return flight.
More than 1,400 people, including Germany's chancellor and president, attended the service for the 150 people who died in the March 24th crash.
The boy, on a family skiing holiday in Flaines near the Swiss border, apparently became lost on a piste before falling over a rock formation.
Its data reveals that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz used the automatic pilot to put the airplane on a descent towards an altitude of 100 feet.
This box records technical flight data that could provide vital insights into the final moments of Flight 4U9525 before it crashed last week.