9 Climbers Dead in Mont Blanc Avalanche

Hazardous slide conditions stall search

    Photo: Franco Pecchio

Nine climbers are dead and at least four are missing after an avalanche on a peak in the Mont Blanc range in France. The mountaineers were ascending Mount Maudit when a climber above them triggered a slab avalanche, sending a massive sheet of ice and snow sliding down the slope. Eleven additional climbers were hospitalized with injuries from the avalanche. "There was no weather bulletin giving any avalanche warning," Eric Fournier, the mayor of Chamonix, told The Guardian. Emergency crews searched the avalanche zone with dogs and helicopters, but called the search off before nightfall due to concerns about futher slides.

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