Death toll from Italy helicopter-plane crash rises to seven

This photo taken and handout on January 26, 2019 by the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps of the Aosta Valley (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico della Valle d’Aosta, CNSAS) shows rescuers unloading material from a rescue helicopter and search dogs while intervening by the wreckages of a helicopter and of a Jodel D-140E light private plane after they collided in flight above the Rutor glacier, close to La Thuile, northwestern Italian Alps. – Five people were killed and one injured when a helicopter collided with a light aircraft in the Alps in northern Italy, mountain rescue officials said. (Photo by Handout / Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico / AFP) /

Mountain rescuer workers on Saturday recovered the bodies of two people, raising the death toll from a deadly collision between a helicopter and light aircraft in the Alps to seven.

Two people were hospitalised after the crash in the Aosta Valley near France, which appeared to have happened just after the helicopter took off, unaware that the aircraft was landing, Italian media reported.

The helicopter was carrying a German alpine guide and four German heli-skiers, while the light aircraft was a French four-seater tourist Jodel plane with three people on board, the reports said.

All six on board the helicopter, including Italian pilot Maurizio Scarpelli, were killed, along with one of the people from the plane. A French and a Swiss national from the Jodel were seriously injured.

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