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.

More news: Syrian Army takes back Military Academies in SW Aleppo

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.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

'World Watching' as Tribal Members Put Bodies in Path of Dakota Pipeline
The digging at the North Dakota location is now halted and is waiting the decision from a federal judge on September 9. John Hoeven of North Dakota disputes the tribe's chief complaint that the Army Corps did not properly consult it.

Panthers Newton: I took Super Bowl loss 'extremely personal'
He said: "I think we need more regular-season games". "We want them at their best, and I'm pretty sure they want us at our best". The Broncos sacked Newton six times in the Super Bowl , two of those resulting in turnovers leading to 14 Denver points.

Airline mixes up 2 young boys, flies them to wrong cities
Maribel Martinez was shocked when JetBlue staffers presented her with another little boy on August 17 at Kennedy Airport. JetBlue said it was reviewing what had happened in order to "prevent similar situations from occurring in the future".

North Korea Launches Series of Ballistic Missiles
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada reportedly called the launch a "serious threat" to the country's national security. Following the latest missile launch, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: "We've noted the reports ".

Murder Suspect Escapes From Detective Bureau Interrogation Room, Cops Say
Authorities in Nevada searched Sunday for a murder suspect who escaped police custody after being placed in an interview room. The Review-Journal reported that Perez was wanted in the shooting death of 31-year-old Mohammed Robinson .

Putin responsible for poor US-Russia ties: Kaine
Most observers assume there will be additional WikiLeaks disclosures that would be embarrassing to Clinton, West said. Donald Trump is banning journalists from outlets he doesn't like from covering him on a campaign.

Prime Minister meets with Lao, Philippine leaders
The Prime Minister said he also exchanged views and discussed the current situation in Davos (in the southern Philippines ). On the sidelines of the Summits, the prime minister will also hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders.

Top 2017 recruit DeAndre Ayton commits to Arizona over Kansas, Kentucky
Ayton, a 7-foot, 250-pounder who attends Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, is the No. 1-rated high school player in the Class of 2017. There are still questions from some in college basketball if Ayton will even qualify to play at the NCAA level.

UN Condemns 4 North Korean Ballistic Missile Launches
The UN called the test a "grave violation" of resolutions that ban the Communist country from testing such ballistic missiles. North Korea is seeking to develop nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the continental U.S.

Over 1000 Arrested in Gabon Post-election Violence
Ping's supporters have taken to the streets in protest, burning cars and buildings, vandalizing and looting. Opposition leader Jean Ping , who is in hiding, told the BBC that his party headquarters had been bombed.

Trump spoke with Florida attorney general before donation, despite claims
But Bondi did personally solicit the contribution, according to a report in June of this year by the Associated Press. And what about her 2010 bid for attorney general? "I've given to everybody", he boasted earlier this year.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fastest in Monza practice for Italian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton reversed positions with Nico Rosberg and led the second practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday. It's great to know you have the team and the vehicle to just go out there and lay it on the line".

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) Issued With 'Buy' Rating At Citigroup
Most of the job reductions are scheduled for the fourth quarter, said Bernadette Lauer, Harley-Davidson spokeswoman. HOLIDAY BRADLEY J is one of the largest insider shareholders in Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG ), according to U.S.

Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, 1st in US mainland
Indonesia has not yet reported any local Zika infections but an Indonesian woman in Singapore is among those infected there. Control measures in the Aljunied area include the setting up of Gravitraps, which traps female mosquitoes.

SpaceX scouring data for clues to launch pad explosion
The blast took place at 9.07am and there was not one but a series of explosions that continued to happen for over four minutes. The rocket that exploded was a Falcon 9 - a model created to be reusable thanks to its ability to land upright.


More News

News
More News