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

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Police do 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 crashed near a ski used in a region of central Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a inn last week.

There were reports of a loud 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 days, and dense haze is stimulating it even more difficult, read a police spokesman. Various crews are trying to get there.

Campo Felice, located at an altitude of 710 metres( 2,330 ft) but with pistes up to merely over 2,000 metres, is close to the epicentres of earthquakes that struck 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 work or the avalanche.

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police confronted with the the consequences of the tics and avalanche. A unit of first responders who had been helping the salvage endeavour at the Hotel Rigopiano was completed to the helicopter gate-crash website.

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