Landing at the top of Mont-Blanc is prohibited for paragliders

 

On Friday the 28th of June 2019, the municipalities of Chamonix and Saint-Gervais have announced the prohibition of landing within a radius of 600 meters around the summit of Mont-Blanc.

This decision came as the result of very high attendance on Wednesday on the summit of Mont-Blanc and the unfortunate death of one speed-rider.

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Flying from the Summit of Mont Blanc
Flying from the Summit of Mont Blanc

Exceptional weather conditions on Wednesday, the 26th of June, brought more than 150 paragliders on top of Mont-Blanc.

Unfortunately, a man lost his life, therefore measures needed to be taken to prevent tragic accidents from happening.

The municipalities of Chamonix and Saint-Gervais decided to ban the landing within a radius of 600 meters around the summit of Mont-Blanc.

According to France3, the temporary ban is valid until the 30th of June, after which a prefectural decree will come into force, prohibiting landings over the summer period.

"The idea is not to renew this temporary ban every year, it is a measure taken as a result of the news", adds a spokesman for the City of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, pointing to a "real risk "for the safety of practitioners.

This Thursday and Friday, the soldiers of the Chamonix Brigade are present at the Planpraz paragliding take-off area between 11 am and 2 pm in order to make the paragliders aware of the ban imposed by joint municipal by-law of the town halls of Chamonix and Saint-Gervais. (Le Dauphine)

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