At least six people have been killed, after an emergency response helicopter crashed near a ski resort in central Italy.
Six people have been killed after a helicopter crashed near a ski resort in central Italy.
There were reports of a loud explosion when the emergency response helicopter came down near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 75 miles east of Rome, during the evacuation of an injured skier.
“The area where it came down is hard to access at the best of times, and thick fog is making it even more difficult,” said a police spokesman. “Several teams are trying to get there.”
Campo Felice, located at 710m (2,330ft) altitude but with pistes up to just over 2,000m, 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 crash and the seismic activity or the avalanche.