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Death Toll of Helicopter Crash in Italy Rises to Seven

Sat 11 Jun 2022 | 11:39 PM
Ahmad El-Assasy

Rescuers discovered the bodies of seven inpiduals killed in an Italian helicopter crash on Saturday, two days after the aircraft vanished from radar screens.

The chopper had taken off from Lucca in Tuscany on Thursday and was its route to Treviso in northern Italy when it became lost in terrible weather over a remote area.

"The seven passengers from the helicopter, four of Turkish and two of Lebanese nationality, who were on a business trip to Italy, were found dead by the rescuers." "As well as the Italian pilot," the city of Modena's prefect's office said in a statement.

According to the announcement, the helicopter was discovered in a mountainous location on the boundary between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

As part of the inquiry into the incident, prosecutors have sealed off the area.

"We acquired the coordinates, went to the location, and discovered everything was burned." In a video shared on the Italian Air Force Twitter account, a rescuer said, "The helicopter is basically within a valley, near a stream."

The Turkish businesspeople worked for Eczacibasi Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Eczacibasi ECZYT.IS, a prominent Turkish industrial conglomerate. They were in Italy for a conference on paper technology, according to the company.

According to a source close to the situation, the helicopter was an AW119 Koala made by the Leonardo defence group.

According to the ANSA news agency, it is owned by Avio Helicopters, a transport and aeronautic maintenance firm based in Thiene, northern Italy.

Avio Helicopters did not respond to a request for comment right away.