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Missing Swiss glider pilot found in France

Forest wardens in the southern French Alps on Tuesday recovered the lifeless body of a Swiss glider pilot after he went missing for seven days.

Missing Swiss glider pilot found in France
Photo: DG Flugzeugbau

The 56-year-old man, identified by Swiss media as Stephan Bürgin, the CEO of a Zurich company, was found in the morning in the Haute Provence Alps, south of Grenoble.

Bürgin had taken off on June 25th from an aerodrome in Gap-Tallard aboard his glider, a Flugzeugbau DG-800 model, equipped with a motor.

The German plane is described as the world’s top-selling “self-launcher” glider with a top speed of 270 kilometres an hour.

It is not clear what happened.

“The weather conditions did not prevent the take-off and the flight,” the Hautes-Alpes local government said during search operations, AFP reported.

The pilot, who had more than 400 hours of flying experience, was not the most experienced but was also not a novice, the news agency said.

The victim was identified on Wednesday as the CEO of Elma Electronic, a Zurich-based company, the SDA news agency said.

Local officials had called off a full-scale search for the Swiss man on Friday.

A plan to search for Bürgin was initiated a day after he went missing, involving 150 military and search and rescue specialists, aided by several helicopters from police and the French Army.

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CRASH

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

Two Swiss and two Austrian nationals were killed on Saturday when their small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

The plane came down in the picturesque area near the Gletscherspitze peak, at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), in the southern Swiss canton of Wallis, regional police said in a statement.

Wallis police said a witness had first called to report seeing the plane falling from the sky at 12:25 pm (1025 GMT), and had called back a few minutes later to say smoke was rising from the crash site.

Firefighters and rescue workers flown in by helicopter discovered that all four people onboard, two Swiss citizens aged 50 and 66 and two Austrians aged 46 and 50, had perished.

Police said they were cooperating with the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board to probe the crash.

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