Six people were killed Tuesday when an emergency helicopter crashed in the mountains of central Italy, CNN reports.
The crash happened near the ski resort Campo Felice as emergency workers were trying to rescue an injured skier.
Footage and photos from the scene of the crash show that the helicopter was smashed into pieces and only the rear section was still intact.
Rescuers work in the area where a helicopter crashed, in the Campo Felice ski area, central Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Gianluca Marrocchi, the mayor of the town of Lucoli, told the BBC he saw the helicopter flying very low before the crash. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion.
Those killed in the crash include two members of the Guardia di Finanza police, three medical personnel and the skier they were trying to rescue, according to CNN. The crash happened at approximately 12:15 p.m. and was likely caused by poor weather conditions.
Rescuers carry away the body of one of the victims after the helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
This happened in the same region where an avalanche killed at least 14 people at the Rigopiano Hotel in Pescara province on Jan. 18.
CNN reports that the helicopter crash took place just 40 miles from that hotel.
Italy's National Agency for Air Safety has opened an investigation to determine the official cause of the crash.
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