Six people were injured when their helicopter crashed Thursday on the Swiss alps, Swiss police said.

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Six hurt in Alpine helicopter crash

Six people were injured when their helicopter crashed Thursday on the Swiss alps, Swiss police said.

Six people were injured when their helicopter crashed Thursday on the Swiss alps, Swiss police said.
 

“The accident took place at about 12:30 pm on the Diablerets glacier around Tour St-Martin,” said Jean-Marie Bornet, spokesman from canton Valais.
 

“The helicopter of company Heliswiss crashed certainly while trying to land,” he added.
 

All onboard, including five passengers and a pilot, were injured in the accident which occurred at about 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) above sea level.
 

“Four were moderately injured and two others slightly hurt,” said Bornet.
 

Weather conditions were good, said police, noting that there was no fog at the time of the accident.
 

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash in western Switzerland.
 

It marks the second air accident in less than a week in the Swiss alps.
 

On Friday, a private plane crashed in the canton of Valais, at a similar altitude. The pilot and four French passengers were dead by the time rescuers arrived on site.

CRASH

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

Two Swiss and two Austrian nationals were killed on Saturday when their small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

The plane came down in the picturesque area near the Gletscherspitze peak, at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), in the southern Swiss canton of Wallis, regional police said in a statement.

Wallis police said a witness had first called to report seeing the plane falling from the sky at 12:25 pm (1025 GMT), and had called back a few minutes later to say smoke was rising from the crash site.

Firefighters and rescue workers flown in by helicopter discovered that all four people onboard, two Swiss citizens aged 50 and 66 and two Austrians aged 46 and 50, had perished.

Police said they were cooperating with the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board to probe the crash.

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