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5 die in crash of plane, helicopter over Italian glacier

Five people were killed when a helicopter collided with a light aircraft in the Alps in northern Italy, mountain rescue officials said. Italy's mountain rescue service reported on Twitter "a crash between a helicopter and a light aircraft" above Rutor glacier, in the Aosta Valley near France, and sent two helicopters to help. "Five dead ascertained," mountain rescue tweeted, having earlier said that two injured people had been evacuated by helicopter to hospital.

Italian alpine rescue officials say five people have been killed in a midair collision between a small tourist airplane and a helicopter carrying skiers to a glacier in the northwestern region of Val d'Aosta.

Alpine rescue corps spokesman Walter Milan said the accident happened at an altitude of about 3,000 meters (9.843 feet) over the Rutor glacier on Friday afternoon. One person was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The dynamics of the crash remained unclear as rescue crews worked to remove the bodies. The identities and nationalities of the victims have not been released.

The Rutor glacier covers nine square kilometers (3 ½ square miles) and is the second-largest in the Val d'Aosta region, which borders France. The region's website says skiers frequently access it by helicopter during winter.

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