Italy searches for missing helicopter; 4 Turks under 7 on board

ROME — Italian rescue teams resumed the search on Friday for a helicopter with seven people on board, including four Turkish civilians, that went missing in a forested, mountainous area in northern central Italy, authorities and Turkish news outlets said.

Italian firefighters and the Alpine rescue service said searches began Thursday after the private helicopter disappeared from radar screens as it flew over Modena province, in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

The crews searching Friday used high-tech instruments to detect mobile pings even in areas without mobile coverage, the firefighters said in a statement.

Turkish TV channel NTV said the helicopter took off from the city of Lucca on its way to Treviso and that the four Turks on board were working for the Turkish industrial group Eczacibasi.

Eczacibasi said his four employees were in Italy to participate in a paper technology trade show and on their way to a tissue paper manufacturing facility. In a statement, the company said it was in contact with authorities in Italy, the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Turkish embassy in Italy, and expressed the hope that it would receive “good news” as soon as possible.

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