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

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

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

There were reports of a loud blowup when the emergency response helicopter come in near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 75 miles east of Rome, during the evacuation of an disabled skier.

The area where it came down is hard to access at the best of experiences, and thick-skulled fog is manufacturing it all the more difficult, said a police spokesman. Several teams 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 impressed individual regions last Wednesday and were followed by the deadly avalanche.

Police said there was no apparent link between the clang and the seismic activity or the avalanche.

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police dealt with the the consequences of the tics and avalanche. A team of first responders who had been helping the save endeavour at the Hotel Rigopiano was discharged to the helicopter clang locate.

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