Drama in Tunisia. Two French were killed and two others injured Saturday in the south of the country in a collision during a ULM gathering, announced Sunday the civil protection.
The accident occurred "in the Chott el Jerid area and resulted in the death of two French people while two others were injured," Civil Protection spokesman Moez Triaa told AFP. Chott el Jerid is a dry salt lake that extends over 5,000 km2 in the southern desert of Tunisia.
The microlight had caught fire
The four Frenchmen were taking part in a rally held from May 25 to June 6 in several regions of the south of the country. Rescuers found "a first powered ultralight aircraft (ULM) that had caught fire and two charred bodies inside," according to the spokesman. The two victims were aged 55 and 78, he said.
About three kilometers away, rescuers discovered "a second aircraft" whose two occupants "were slightly injured". Aged 60 and 62, they have already been discharged from the hospital in Tozeur, according to the spokesman.
According to Mr. Triaa, it is likely that the accident was caused by a collision between the two aircraft. The spokesman for the Tozeur court, Nizar Skander, said that "an investigation has been opened to determine the reasons for the accident" and confirmed that two Frenchmen had been killed.