Paris (CNN)Five people are dead after two French army helicopters collided in the south of the country Friday, authorities said.
5 dead after French army helicopters collide
The crash happened between the towns of Cabasse and Carcès, northwest of the coastal resort of Saint-Tropez.
"The helicopters collided. There were three army personnel in one and two in the other. All are dead," police said, according to Agence France-Presse.
Florence Parly, minister for France's armed forces, described the incident as "tragic" in a tweet on Friday, adding that she will visit the military facility where the helicopters were based later in the day.
"I pay tribute to the soldiers killed and I want to tell their families and brothers in arms my solidarity and my full support," Parly tweeted.