Rome: At least seven people have died in a helicopter and a small plane collision above a glacier in the Italian Alps, officials said on Saturday. The crash occurred on Friday over the Rutor glacier near La Thuile, in the Aosta Valley, close to northern Italy’s border with France and Switzerland. Five people were confirmed dead and two injured the same day. Also Read - Rome Could Face Second Lockdown After COVID-19 Cases Spike
The helicopter was carrying six people — the pilot, an alpine guide and four passengers who were heli-skiing. Three people were aboard the light aircraft, all of them were pilots training in mountain flying. Also Read - Trending News Today, March 15, 2020: Coronavirus Effect: Italian Man Practices 'Social Distancing' By Wearing Giant Cardboard Disc Around His Waist | Watch
The bodies of two people who were missing were found after the search resumed on Saturday morning, an officer with the Alpine rescue branch of the Financial Police in Courmayeur, in the Aosta Valley, told CNN. Also Read - Sonam Kapoor Ahuja Takes Internet by Storm With Sultry Pictures in Molten Gold-Sparkling Silver Lehenga
All those on board the two aircraft were now accounted for, according to authorities.
The two injured remained in the hospital, the officer said. Italy’s mountain emergency service tweeted that they were of French and Swiss nationality.