• France searches for Chinese tycoon in chopper crash


    BORDEAUX: French police were on Sunday to step up a search for a Chinese billionaire and a French vintner missing and believed killed when their helicopter crashed into a river in southwest France.

    There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, his interpreter or winemaker James Gregoire after police early Saturday recovered the body of Lam’s 12-year-old son from the back of the wrecked helicopter lying in seven meters of water in the Dordogne river.

    The four had boarded the helicopter piloted by Gregoire on Friday to make a celebratory tour of a Bordeaux chateau and wine-growing estate that Lam had just bought from the Frenchman.

    Lam’s wife had pulled out of the flight at the last minute, saying she was “scared of helicopters,” said an Agence France-Presse photographer who witnessed its take-off.



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