French Alps Avalanche Kills Three 75 Miles from Germanwings Crash Site

April 1, 2015 Updated: April 1, 2015

An avalanche in the French Alps has killed at least three skiers, according to reports on Wednesday.

The avalanche took place 75 miles from the Germanwings crash site at the Alpine Ecrins National Park in southern France. The avalanche took place after 3 p.m. local time, The Local reported.

Local government officials confirmed with ABC News the three people who were killed were part of a group of 11 skiers.

The names of the people who were killed were not released.

The BBC reported that rescue teams and dogs were sent to the site. There were fears more people could be missing.

The area is popular with skiers and climbers.

Meanwhile, near the Germanwings crash site, Lufthansa’s chief executive said Wednesday it will take “a long, long time” to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week — but refused to say exactly what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr and the head of its low-cost airline Germanwings, Thomas Winkelmann, visited the crash area Wednesday amid mounting questions about how much the airlines knew about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s psychological state and why they haven’t released more information about it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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