Tourist plane and a helicopter collide in mid-air over the Alps

Footage has emerged showing the moment a helicopter collided with a tourist plane over the Italian Alps, moments after take-off, killing seven. 

Soccorso Alpino, the Italian Mountain rescue team, released the video of the mid-air collision that happened on January 25 near the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, some 50 miles northwest of the city of Turin.

The footage, from two GoPro cameras, found at the crash site near the ski resort of La Thuile, shows the chilling final moments of the two aircraft in flight. 

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The footage released by Soccorso Alpino - Guardia di Finanza - shows the peaceful scenes of the Alps which are shattered seconds later as the aircraft collide

The footage released by Soccorso Alpino – Guardia di Finanza – shows the peaceful scenes of the Alps which are shattered seconds later as the aircraft collide

This view from the front window of the helicopter shows the peaceful scene of the Alps, which was shattered moments later as it collided with the tourist

This view from the front window of the helicopter shows the peaceful scene of the Alps, which was shattered moments later as it collided with the tourist

Pictures show the moment of the collision what appears to be part of another aircraft entering the cockpit (right) of the helicopter

Pictures show the moment of the collision what appears to be part of another aircraft entering the cockpit (right) of the helicopter

Debris is sent flying and everything begins to spiral out of control as the aircraft appears to plummet to the ground

Debris is sent flying and everything begins to spiral out of control as the aircraft appears to plummet to the ground

Peaceful scenes of the valley are seen to shatter as the tourist plane from Mege’ve in France and the Italian heliski helicopter collide.     

The footage, recently released by the Italian mountain rescue teams, Soccorso Alpino – Guardia di Finanza – shows two separate views of the crash. 

One appeared to be from a lateral view of the aircraft, another from the front window of the helicopter. 

As the aircraft collide debris is sent flying and everything begins to spiral out of control plummeting to the ground. 

Reports from Italian media at the time of the crash in January, indicated the helicopter had taken off just minutes before the crash, unaware that the French four-seater Jodel aircraft was coming in to land. 

A police spokesman told Italy’s RAI radio that the airplane appeared to enter Italian airspace without informing local air traffic control.     

The helicopter piloted by Maurizio Scarpelli from Italy, had only taken off minutes before the fatal crash

The helicopter piloted by Maurizio Scarpelli from Italy, had only taken off minutes before the fatal crash

The video captures the scale of the collision moments before the aircraft plummet to the ground

The video captures the scale of the collision moments before the aircraft plummet to the ground

Debris is sent flying after the mid-air crash, which happened high above the Alps earlier this year

Debris is sent flying after the mid-air crash, which happened high above the Alps earlier this year

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

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

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 helicopter was carrying six people – the pilot, an alpine guide and four passengers.

There were three on board the tourist plane – all of whom were pilots undertaking mountain flying training.  

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, five people were confirmed dead, but this number rose to seven as rescuers found two bodies in the snow the following day. 

Two others, the pilot of the French four-seater Jodel aircraft, Philippe Michel, and a German national on board the helicopter were seriously injured, but survived.

Among those died in the crash were French, Swiss, Italian and Belgian nationals. 

The mid-air collision happened on January 25 near the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, some 50 miles northwest of the city of Turin

The mid-air collision happened on January 25 near the Rutor glacier in the Aosta Valley, some 50 miles northwest of the city of Turin

A police spokesman said at the time of the crash that the airplane appeared to enter Italian airspace without informing local air traffic control

A police spokesman said at the time of the crash that the airplane appeared to enter Italian airspace without informing local air traffic control

 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. 

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