U.S. Embassy identifies 3 Americans killed in plane crash in French Alps

Monday, February 12th 2007, 8:10 pm
By: News On 6

PARIS (AP) _ Three Americans, including a 7-year-old boy, were killed in a small plane crash in the French Alps over the weekend, the U.S. Embassy confirmed Monday.

The Piper Archer twin-engine jet crashed into a rock face in the French Alps on a flight from southern England to Cannes, a regional French official said Sunday.

Shimon Awerbuch, Awerbuch's 7-year-old son, Everett, and Maria Ribiero were killed in the crash, said Lynne Platt, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy.

The three had been living in Britain for several years and it was not immediately clear where in the U.S. they were from, Platt said.

Awerbuch was piloting the plane as it took off from an airport near Brighton, Britain's Press Association reported. The jet dropped off radar screens shortly after Awerbuch had contacted air traffic controllers to say it was in trouble, PA said.