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Schumacher footage re-examined

French prosecutors are carrying out further analysis of video footage and have interviewed witnesses and spoken to experts

The French public prosecutor heading the inquiry into Michael Schumacher's skiing accident says the inquiry has been examining footage from his helmet camera, and police have interviewed many witnesses and spoken to experts.

"We have examined the film in the camera fixed to the helmet of Mr Schumacher. We have yet to transcribe the film image by image to establish the place of the fall, the distance from the piste and the speed."

Two investigation teams were working on the case, Patrick Quincy said.

Schumacher was skiing between a red piste, Les Chamois,and a blue piste, La Biche, heading back towards the resort of Meribel when he fell, at 2,700-metre (8,850ft) altitude.

He had left his chalet with his 14-year-old son, Mick, at 10am that Sunday morning, wearing a back protector, rented skis and a helmet, on which he had fixed a camera.

After around 45 minutes' skiing, the father and son, who were descending the red piste, joined a group of friends that included a close friend of Schumacher's son.

At 11.07am, in the corridor off piste between the two slopes, Schumacher's ski hit a rock hidden under 20cm (8in) of snow that had fallen the previous night. He pitched forward, lost his skis and fell, hitting his head on a rock, also hidden under the recent snow, according to reports in the local press. The helmet smashed and Schumacher suffered a serious injury to the right side of the skull.

Investigators said the chain of events was confirmed by the camera on the former Formula One driver's helmet.

Emergency services said he was conscious, able to move his arms and legs but unable to speak. He fell unconscious in the helicopter taking him to hospital.

Schumacher remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Grenoble.


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