French Alps: 250 people evacuated
Damage to the lift on the Aiguille du Midi, the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc added the thrill of skiing. It is reported that the cause of the accident in the French Alps was the star of one of the motors fire lift. At the moment, the mechanics make an emergency replacement parts in normal mode lift should start tomorrow.
Following the accident, 250 people were trapped at a height of more than 2.3 thousand meters above sea level. Has mobilized two helicopters pilots who had to make about 50 flights, swinging tourists located at the foot of the valley of Chamonix. As a result of the rescue operation were no injuries.
CEO of Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc Mathieu Deshavanne told that the people who were at the time of fire in the elevator car, safely reached the end points of a route through the system successfully triggered emergency engines.
The top of the Aiguille du Midi is located at an altitude of 3 thousand 842 meters above sea level, it is the highest ski lift in Europe, it can go up to a height of 2.7 thousand meters in 20 minutes.