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Polish skier nearly loses hand after being clipped by plane in French Alps

media Skiers in the French Alps Tony Cross

A Polish skier nearly lost her hand when a light aircraft hit her during an emergency landing in the French Alps on Thursday. The plane narrowly missed a group of children.

"The plane passed under the ski lift, just missed the trees and then a group of children

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before touching down on a blue run on which the woman was skiing," a source at the fire service in the ski resort of Avoriaz, near the Swiss border, told the AFP news agency.

The single-propeller aircraft hit the 55-year-old woman’s arm, leaving her hand almost amputated, emergency services said.

It had been forced to land after being damaged during take-off.

Two people were on board.

The woman was immediately flown to a local hospital by helicopter.

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