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Vineyard Owner Dies in Helicopter Crash

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:59am
In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, Lam Kok, who headed Hong Kong-based company Brilliant Group, and his wife pose for photographers after buying the Chateau La Riviere vineyards, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. French authorities say the Chinese magnate, his 12-year-old son and two others died in a helicopter crash on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 as they toured Bordeaux vineyards the businessman had recently purchased. (AP Photo/Marilyn Johnson)

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a Chinese magnate, his 12-year-old son and two others died in a helicopter crash as they toured Bordeaux vineyards the businessman had recently purchased.

Vincent Corbel of the regional gendarme service said Monday that emergency workers recovered the boy's body and most of the helicopter from the Dordogne River, but are still searching for the others. He said the reason for the Friday night crash is unclear.

Corbel said the former owner of the Chateau de la Riviere vineyards, James Gregoire, owned the helicopter and appeared to have been piloting it.

Lam Kok, who headed Hong Kong-based company Brilliant Group, drew attention in the French media when he bought the chateau, one of a string of Chinese purchases of French vineyards in recent years.

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