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Helicopter crash in Italy: Rescuers locate 7 bodies

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Italian rescue forces on Saturday located the bodies of seven people, including four Turks and two Lebanese, killed when their helicopter crashed in a jungle area , mountainous in central Italy during a storm, authorities said.

Colonel Alfonso Cipriano, head of the air rescue coordination unit leading the search, said rescuers were rushed to the crash site after a mountain climber reported seeing it. what he thinks is part of a helicopter that capsized during a cruise on Mount Cusna on Saturday Morning.

Crews confirmed the location and ground crews initially identified five bodies, then the remaining two, Cipriano told the Associated Press. The location was in a hard-to-reach valley and the remains of the helicopter were hidden for air rescuers from the lush canopy of trees, but some branches were broken and burned.

The helicopter disappeared from radar screens on Thursday morning as it flew over the Tuscan province of Modena – Emilian Apennines. It carried seven people, including four Turkish nationals, two Lebanese and an Italian pilot, from Lucca to Treviso to visit a tissue factory.

The Turks on board, who work for the Turkish industrial group Eczacibasi, said they were participating in a trade fair.

Eczacibasi confirmed in a statement with “great pain and sorrow” that their factory manager, the manager of toilet paper at the plant in Yalova province, the investment project manager and the production manager at the plant in their Manisa province who died in the accident and conveyed their condolences.

The crash site is about 10 kilometers (six miles) from where rescuers began searching based on last mobile pings from passengers’ phones. Cipriano said it could take hours or even days to locate the venue if it weren’t for a runner, due to the tough, lush terrain.

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