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Two Austrians killed in French Alps glider crash: official

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Two Austrians -- a man in his fifties and a teenager -- died today when their crashed to the ground in the in the southern French Alps, sources said.

"The alert was sounded by witnesses who saw the fall," a said, adding that the weather conditions had been "good". Two rescuers and a doctor were sent to the scene, but the exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known.

The accident happened at a place called Rousse, at an altitude of 2,515 metres (8,280 feet), the told AFP.

The pair had taken off from a local aerodrome earlier Sunday, a source close to the inquiry said, adding that they were an Austrian man in his fifties and a boy aged around 15.

The valley, near Grenoble, is famed for its unspoilt farmland crisscrossed by hedgerows and rural residents who still make their living from making cheese and other regional delicacies.

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First Published: Mon, August 13 2018. 00:05 IST