RESCUE teams are frantically searching for a helicopter after it disappeared over Italy with seven people on board.
The helicopter took off from Capannori Lucca Tassignano Airport in Lucca yesterday morning after being hired privately and was expected to arrive at its destination in Treviso within an hour.
But the helicopter disappeared from radar, prompting officials to raise the alarm.
A search between the regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna had to be halted last night and resumed this morning, La Stampa reports.
According to local news reports, the helicopter was used by a company called Roto Court, which produces hygiene products and household chemicals.
Company director Giuliano Gelain told ANSA news agency they were “confident” that the helicopter did not crash because no distress signal was received.
He said the helicopter flew customers to and from the sites twice a day.
The helicopter had seven people on board: the Italian pilot, four Turkish civilians and two Lebanese.
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