Three people have died and three others have been injured when a helicopter crashed on the north face of Petit Combin, a mountain more than 3,600 meters high in the Swiss Alps, local police reported this Tuesday.

The accident occurred in the Pennine Alps (southwest Switzerland, near the border with Italy) when the helicopter, intended to take experienced skiers to off-piste areas, suffered damage while maneuvering near the summit and began to slide. on the northern slope, for reasons not yet determined. The pilot, a mountain guide and four clients were traveling in the device.

Seven rescue helicopters have participated in the evacuation of the injured and recovery of the bodies, reported the cantonal police of Valais, where the accident occurred.

In the same canton, on Monday, an “provoked” avalanche killed three people in another off-piste ski area near the tourist town of Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn.