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


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

Six parties have been killed after a helicopter disintegrated near a ski used in a region of center Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a hotel last week.

There were reports of a loud explosion 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 experiences, and dense fog is obliging it even more difficult, said a police spokesman. Several units are trying to get there.

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

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

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police gript with the aftermath of the earthquakes and avalanche. A crew of first responders who had been helping the rescue struggle at the Hotel Rigopiano was discharged to the helicopter clang place.

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