Six Killed in Helicopter Crash in Central Italy

Rome, A rescue helicopter crashed in central Italy on Tuesday, killing all six passengers on board as it returned from an operation at a ski resort, an emergency services spokesman told dpa.

The helicopter, transporting an injured skier, crashed into a ravine near the popular ski resort Campo Felice in the region of Abruzzo, according to news agencies ANSA and ADN Kronos.

Rescue efforts at the crash site were being hampered by thick fog, ANSA reported, citing officials involved in the search.

The crash comes as emergency services are engaged in efforts to rescue survivors from a nearby hotel hit by an avalanche, where at least 15 bodies have been recovered.

The helicopter flight was not connected to the ongoing rescue operation at the hotel, a spokesman for the Civil Protection Department told dpa.

Central Italy has been hit by heavy snowfall and severe weather for days. Many regions have also been devastated by powerful earthquakes in recent months, including a quake in August 2016 that left 299 people dead.

Source: Qatar News Agency