A helicopter with six people aboard has crashed in Italy
The medical emergency helicopter was on its way to a hospital in the the city of L'Aquila after picking up an injured skier from the slopes near the resort of Campo Felice.
Video from the scene showed the front half of the helicopter completely destroyed on a snowy, fog-shrouded mountainside.
The latest tragedy to hit Italy's Gran Sasso mountain range happened about 60 miles from the site of last week's avalanche that buried a hotel and killed at least 14 people.
The helicopter crashed near the scene of last week's avalanche
The rescue operation at the avalanche site is ongoing and teams working through the night pulled five more bodies from the wreckage of the hotel, bringing the death toll to 14.
The latest bodies – three men and two women – were recovered hours before families of victims were due to hold the first funerals of those killed.
The search and rescue operation continues at the hotel hit by an avalanche last week
Eleven people have been rescued from in and around the hotel in the Gran Sasso national park, some of them surviving for two days under ice and rubble.
But 15 people are still missing after a wall of snow crashed into the four-storey building after earthquakes shook the region.