Austrian stunt pilot Hannes Arch dies in helicopter crash

BERLIN (AP) " Energy drinks brand Red Bull says Austrian stunt pilot Hannes Arch, a member of the company's extreme sports team, has died in a helicopter crash in the Alps.

The 48-year-old was flying back from a mountain hut in the Grossglockner area of Carinthia, in eastern Austria, when his helicopter struck a cliff late Thursday. A passenger was seriously injured.

Red Bull said Arch had been a member of its extreme sports team for over 25 years. In a statement Friday, the company said that in his younger days Arch "was ranked as one of the world's leading mountaineers and climbers, and was one of the first aerobatic paragliders."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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