Six killed as helicopter accidents in center Italy close to avalanche site

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Police say emergency response aircraft was evacuating an injured skier when it came down near resort of Campo Felice

Six beings have been killed after a helicopter gate-crashed near a ski resort in an area of central Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a inn last week.

There were reports of a raucous blowup when the emergency response helicopter came down near Campo Felice, a popular ski used 75 miles east of Rome, during the course of its departure of an injured skier.

The area where it came down is hard to access at the best of ages, and thick-skulled cloud is forming it all the more difficult, said a police spokesman. Several crews are trying to got to get.

Campo Felice, located at an altitude of 710 metres( 2,330 ft) but with pistes up to only over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that impressed individual regions last-place Wednesday and were followed by the deadly avalanche.

Police said there was no apparent link between the accident and the seismic work or the avalanche.

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police coped with the consequences of the tremors and avalanche. A team of first responders who had been helping the save exertion at the Hotel Rigopiano was dispatched to the helicopter accident area.

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