110 people stuck in cable cars at Mont Blanc in Alps

It's not clear what caused the cable cars to stop — or if there was an electricity outage.

A cable auto line has stopped working at high altitude over Mont Blanc in the Alps, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in mid-air overnight.

The Vallee Blanche Cable Car connects the renowned Aiguille du Midi mountain in the Mont Blanc with the Pointe Helbronner.

Georges-Francois Leclerc, the prefect of the Haute-Savoie region, said 110 people were initially trapped, but 65 were airlifted out by helicopters.

A massive rescue operation is underway after 110 people are reportedly trapped inside a cable vehicle in the Chamonix region, eastern France.

They alerted authorities and French and Italian mountain rescue specialists were brought by helicopter to evacuate passengers.

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Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier told BFMTV that helicopters are being used to get the people back down to the valley.

The regional Le Dauphine newspaper had reported that 60 people would be trapped overnight after the rescue operation was suspended for safety reasons.

French police said the rescue will resume on Friday at 7.15am local time.

"We are in contact with the clients [in the cable cars]".

Helicopters have been sent to rescue the passengers now stranded near Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc. It usually takes 35 minutes but has been stuck since 5:30pm (1530 GMT). The Vallee Blanche Cable Car operates in the summer season, when large numbers of climbers and tourists converge on the area.

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