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Six die as helicopter crashes on icy Italian slopes

Italian Alps helicopter crash
The wreckage of the helicopter lies in snow in the Campo Felice ski area in central Italy. Photo: AP/Gregorio Borgia
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A medical emergency helicopter carrying six people crashed in a mountainous area of central Italy and reports say all those aboard were killed.

Video from the scene showed the front half of the helicopter completely destroyed on a snowy, fog-shrouded slope.

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Rescuers working to evacuate the bodies of the dead. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty

The accident happened on the other side of Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain range about 100 km from the site of last week’s avalanche that buried a hotel and killed at least 15 people.

The helicopter involved in Tuesday’s accident was not part of ongoing rescue operations at the hotel.

Instead, it was on its way to a hospital in the provincial capital of L’Aquila after picking up an injured skier.

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