Five dead as plane and helicopter collide over Italian Alps

Italian rescuers attended the wreckage from the crash in the Aosta Valley

Italian rescuers attended the wreckage from the crash in the Aosta Valley

The rescue mission for a midair collision between a small tourist plane and a helicopter over the Italian Alps concluded on Saturday after the bodies of the last two victims were found. It is not yet clear how the accident happened.

Five people were confirmed dead and two injured on Friday.

Five people have died after a tourist plane and helicopter collided over a ski resort in Italy.

The helicopter was reportedly being used for heliskiing when it crashed.

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Two helicopters carrying medical personnel and technicians have been dispatched to the site.

Authorities said the bodies of the last two people from the crash in Italy's Val d'Aosta region were found on January 26, raising the death toll to seven.

The Rutor glacier covers nine square kilometers (3 ½ square miles) and in winter is popular with "heli-skiers", who use helicopters to reach off-piste peaks.

According to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper, a hospital in Aosta has activated its emergency procedure, with three operating theatres and six intensive care units ready to help the injured. Pilots land at the bottom and glide to the top, often without stopping.

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