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

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

Six people have been killed after apache helicopters disintegrated near a ski resort in a zone of central Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a hotel last week.

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

The area where it came down is hard to access at the best use of epoches, and dense fog is clearing it even harder, alleged a police spokesman. Several squads are trying to get there.

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 shakes 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 task or the avalanche.

The crash happened as firefighters and mountain police grappled with the consequences of the tics and avalanche. A team of first responders who had been helping the rescue try at the Hotel Rigopiano was completed to the helicopter crash area.

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