The Italian helicopter carrying a team of 5 rescuers was had picked up an injured skier from the Campo Felice area and was flying to a hospital in the provincial capital of L’Aquila when it flew through dense fog and a long hanging cloud and crashed into the side of a mountain. The helicopter crashed at 12pm at an approximate height of 600 meters, killing all 6 aboard.
The Sun is reporting that weather initially stalled local authorities from finding the wreckage site but was eventually located half way up a mountain a couple of miles from Camp Felice:
“Rescue teams have reached the wreck of the helicopter and they found the bodies of the six deceased in the snow.” -Local Police Spokesman
This tragic accident is unrelated but geographically close to the devastating avalanche that decimated a hotel on the other side of the Gran Sasso mountain range (62 miles from the helicopter crash site).
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the rescuers and the injured skier.