Helicopter crash kills seven in Italy

The toll of the crash is terrible. Seven bodies were found on Saturday in the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared in the mountains of northern Italy on Thursday, the emergency services said, which reported no survivors.

Four Turkish citizens were on board the helicopter, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, while Lebanese President Michel Aoun lamented the death of two nationals of the country. The pilot was Italian, originally from Venice, according to the Ansa news agency, which said the other victims were on a business trip.

“No survivors have been found”

“After the remains of the missing aircraft were found on Mount Cusna on June 9, the unfortunately lifeless bodies of the seven people on board were found in the wreckage,” Italian firefighters announced on Twitter. “No survivors have been found,” added the Alpine Rescue Service. In a press release published on Friday, before the discovery of the wreckage, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs had confirmed that four of its nationals were on board this helicopter which disappeared after leaving the city of Lucca.

The Italian Air Force, firefighters and police services participated in the search. Bad weather hampered the first attempts to find the helicopter, which disappeared in a sparsely populated mountainous area. In a video posted on Twitter, an Italian Air Force spokesman said on Saturday that rescue teams had to walk to the scene where they found “everything burned”.

A family decimated by disasters

The two Lebanese victims, Chadi Kreidy and Tarek Tayah, were sales executives for Lebanese industrial company Indevco, who said they were on a business trip to Italy. “They were working to strengthen Lebanese industry and provide it with everything new and advanced,” Lebanese President Michel Aoun explained, presenting his “sincere condolences to their families and loved ones.”

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Chadi Kreidy, 47 and father of four, was an active member of President Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement (CPL). Tarek Tayah, 60, was the father of three children. His wife, a jewelry designer, died in the massive explosion at the port of Beirut in 2020. Their daughter made headlines when she presented President Emmanuel Macron with a brooch in the shape of Lebanon, made by his wife. late mother, during her visit to Beirut the day after the tragedy.

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