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Five people killed in Italy helicopter crash 

| Updated: June 12, 2022 12:35:42


Fire brigade perform a search operation for a helicopter that vanished on Thursday with seven people aboard, including four Turkish businessmen, in Pievepelago, Italy, Jun 10, 2022. Vigili del Fuoco/REUTERS Fire brigade perform a search operation for a helicopter that vanished on Thursday with seven people aboard, including four Turkish businessmen, in Pievepelago, Italy, Jun 10, 2022. Vigili del Fuoco/REUTERS

Five people were killed after a helicopter crash in Italy, a regional governor said on Saturday, and two passengers were still missing two days after the aircraft vanished from radar screens, reports Reuters.

Eugenio Giani, the governor of the Tuscany region, wrote on Facebook the helicopter crashed in a mountain area at the border between Tuscany and the Emilia Romagna region. The bodies of the five dead were found on Saturday.

The helicopter took off on Thursday from Lucca in Tuscany and was heading towards the northern city of Treviso when it disappeared from radar screens after hitting bad weather above a hilly, wooded area.

Seven people were aboard the helicopter, including four Turkish businessmen working for Eczacibasi Consumer Products, a subsidiary of the major Turkish industrial group, Eczacibasi. They had been attending a paper technologies fair in Italy, the company said in a statement.

According to the Lebanese state news agency NNA, the other two passengers were Lebanese.

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