Six killed as helicopter clangs in central 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 parties have been killed after a helicopter gate-crashed near a ski used in an area of center Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a hotel last week.

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

The area where it came down is hard to access at the best use of ages, and thick-skulled haze is manufacturing it even harder, 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 exactly over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that struck countries of the region last Wednesday and were followed by the deadly avalanche.

Police said there was no apparent link between the gate-crash and the seismic task or the avalanche.

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police coped with the consequences of the the tremors and avalanche. A crew of first responders who had been helping the recovery effort at the Hotel Rigopiano was dispatched to the helicopter clang place.

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