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New Tragedy Hits French Observatory

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Science  24 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5449, pp. 2432-2433
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5449.2432b

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Disaster has struck the Institute of Millimetric Radioastronomy (IRAM) in France for the second time this year. On 15 December, a helicopter en route to the mountain observatory crashed, killing at least three people on board. The passengers--one IRAM technician and three employees of a subcontractor--and the pilot were on a service mission to the observatory, which sits atop the 2552-meter Bure plateau in the French Alps.