Five die in mid-air collision between plane and helicopter in Italian Alps | World News

Five people have died in a mid-air collision between a small tourist plane and a helicopter carrying skiers to an Italian Alps glacier, officials said.

Alpine rescue corps spokesman Walter Milan said the accident happened at an altitude of 3,000 metres (9,800ft) on Friday afternoon.

The collision took place over the Rutor glacier in the northwestern region of Val d’Aosta.

Rescuers found two survivors.

One person was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while the status of the other survivor has not been reported.

The rescue service tweeted this aerial shot of the crash site in the Italian Alps. Pic: CNSAS/Twitter
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The rescue service tweeted this aerial shot of the crash site in the Italian Alps. Pic: CNSAS/Twitter

The cause of the crash remained unclear as rescue crews worked to remove the bodies.

The identities and nationalities of the victims have not been released.

Skiers frequently access the area by helicopter during winter, according to the region’s website.

The Rutor glacier covers 3.5 square miles (nine square kilometres) and is the second-largest in the Val d’Aosta region, which borders France.

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