Private plane collided with helicopter over the Alps killing five 

Italian rescue workers have found two more bodies after a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a light aircraft in the Italian Alps, bringing the death toll to seven, the alpine rescue corps said on Saturday.

Two bodies were found in the snow far from the wrecks of the two aircraft, a spokesman for the rescuers said.

On Friday the rescue corps posted a video of the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, some 50 miles northwest of the city of Turin, showing one of the aircraft partly submerged in deep snow.

Two survivors were found on Friday.It is not yet clear how the accident happened.

The National Alpine Rescue Corps (CNSAS) tweeted that it had concluded the search on Saturday as all those on board the aircraft were now accounted for. 

The wreckage of a light private plane after it collided in flight with a helicopter above the Rutor glacier, close to La Thuile, northwestern Italian Alps, killing seven

The wreckage of a light private plane after it collided in flight with a helicopter above the Rutor glacier, close to La Thuile, northwestern Italian Alps, killing seven

Seven people were killed and two are injured, one of whom is a French flight instructor who is under investigation by an Italian prosecutor 

Seven people were killed and two are injured, one of whom is a French flight instructor who is under investigation by an Italian prosecutor 

But a French flight instructor who was one of two survivors of the accident is being investigated by an Italian prosecutor.

Italian news agency ANSA quoted Aosta Chief Prosecutor Paolo Fortuna saying he was investigating the instructor for alleged manslaughter and had questioned him in a hospital intensive care unit.  

ANSA says the instructor reportedly was sitting in the rear of the plane – a French tourist Jodel model with three people on board – and his two students were in front.

The relief operations were attended by the CNSAS, medical staff of 118 and a canine unit (pictured) 

The relief operations were attended by the CNSAS, medical staff of 118 and a canine unit (pictured) 

A National Alpine rescuer tries to clear some of the wreckage of the helicopter after the smash

A National Alpine rescuer tries to clear some of the wreckage of the helicopter after the smash

The accident took place on Friday afternoon close to the Rutor glacier, in the valley of La Thuile, Valle d'Aosta, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the city of Turin

The accident took place on Friday afternoon close to the Rutor glacier, in the valley of La Thuile, Valle d’Aosta, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the city of Turin

The helicopter, piloted by Maurizio Scarpelli from Italy, was carrying a German alpine guide and four German heli-skiers.  

Italian media reported that the crash appeared to have happened just after the helicopter took off, unaware that the aircraft was landing. 

The helicopter was bringing skiers to the Rutor glacier in the valley of La Thuile, Valle d’Aosta, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the city of Turin. 

The wreckage of a helicopter is seen from above the Rutor glacier, close to La Thuile, northwestern Italian Alps, after it collided with private plane in mid-air on Friday 

CNSAS broke the news on Twitter, adding that it had intervened on the spot. 

Two rescue helicopters carrying technicians and a doctor were dispatched from Turin to the crash site and two more later joined them. 

The maximum emergency procedure was activated at Aosta Hospital, with three operating theaters and rooms six intensive care units ready to receive patients. 

The crash happened on Friday afternoon close to the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the city of Turin

The crash happened on Friday afternoon close to the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, rutor.live some 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the city of Turin

The Rutor glacier is commonly used as a landing and take-off hub for small tourist planes with skates – after they have flown over the area several times looking for crevasses and any hikers on foot. 

The track, about 500 meters long, is uphill; pilots land at the bottom and glide to the top, often without stopping.They then turn the nose of the plane to the valley and continue the run to take off downhill.

The complex maneuver requires considerable expertise, because as well as hikers walking on the glacier, there are often tourist helicopters to contend with at the popular spot. 

The Rutor glacier is commonly used as a landing and take-off hub for small tourist planes with skates. Pilots land at the bottom and glide to the top, often without stopping. They then turn the nose of the plane to the valley and continue the run to take off downhill

The Rutor glacier is commonly used as a landing and take-off hub for small tourist planes with skates.Pilots land at the bottom and glide to the top, often without stopping. They then turn the nose of the plane to the valley and continue the run to take off downhill