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Helicopter crashes while working on 2006 Olympic slalom site

Helicopter crashes while working on 2006 Olympic slalom site{mosimage}A helicopter crashed Thursday on the slalom ski slope for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, injuring the pilot and a worker on the ground, organizers of the games said.

The helicopter was ferrying a load of light poles to illuminate the slope in Sestriere at night during the Feb. 10-26 games, said Claudio Agnese, spokesman for the management arm of the organizing committee.

The mayor told the ANSA news agency he saw the crash from a window at city hall.

“The helicopter was hovering very close to the ground, due to the work required,” he said, adding that officials will investigate the crash.

“We saw it spin like a top and then crash to the ground. Then there were flames and a tall column of smoke,” Mayor Andrea Maria Colarelli told the agency.

-The Associated Press

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