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Air France pilot falls 1,000 feet to death in California’s Sequoia National Park

A missing French pilot was found dead last week after officials say he fell 1,000 feet during a hike on Mt. Whitney at Sequoia and Kings National Park in California.

Tom Gerbier, a French National of Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, and pilot for Air France, had gone hiking early Tuesday morning from Whitney Portal, the gateway to Mt. Whitney, via the Mountaineering Route before his return flight the next day, the National Park Service said Friday.

“Gerbier was described as an experienced mountaineer and ultra runner with the gear and ability to complete his intended route,” the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said.

When Gerbier failed to show up for the flight on Wednesday, he was reported missing.

Gerbier was the second fatality reported at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks this year, officials said.


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