3 Dead, 7 Missing After Avalanche Near Plane Crash Skiers are swept away in French Alps By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Apr 1, 2015 1:12 PM CDT 5 comments Comments A helicopter flies over the mountainside near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Tuesday, near where the Germanwings plane crashed. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) (Newser) – Another tragedy in the same mountain range where the Germanwings plane went down: Three people are dead, one is critically injured, and seven others are missing after an avalanche in the French Alps swept away a group of skiers, reports CNN. The avalanche occurred around Alpine Ecrins National Park in southeastern France, reports the Local. That's about 75 miles north of where the passenger jet crashed. The area doesn't have official slopes, reports ABC News, but skiers are known to hike up on their own in order to ski down. Heavy snow in recent days apparently drew them in.