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Chinese billionaire missing after France helicopter 'crash'

Published on Dec 21, 2013 5:59 AM
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Chinese billionaire Lam Kok (left) and his spouse pose for a photograph on Dec 20, 2013, in front of the Chateau de La Riviere, in La Riviere. Mr Lam, who was in France to buy a major Bordeaux vineyard, is missing after the helicopter he was travelling in apparently crashed into a river on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BORDEAUX (AFP) - A Chinese billionaire in France to buy a major Bordeaux vineyard is missing after the helicopter he was travelling in apparently crashed into a river on Friday.

Mr Lam Kok, the 46-year-old head of the Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, was surveying his new property from overhead in a helicopter piloted by the former owner James Gregoire when the accident happened.

His 12-year-old son and an interpreter were also on board, but Mr Lam Kok's wife pulled out at the last minute saying she was "scared of helicopters", an AFP photographer at the scene said.

They were planning to take a short tour of the vineyard and the grounds of the Chateau de la Riviere, and when they did not return after 20 minutes, those who had stayed behind contacted emergency services.

 
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