BREAKING NEWS: Swiss Army helicopter crashes in south-east Switzerland
UPDATED: 4pm 28 Sept 2016
Two pilots have been killed and a flight assistant injured after a Swiss Army helicopter crashed in south-eastern Switzerland.
The Super Puma helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff on the Gotthard pass road at midday, close to a hotel, the St Gotthard Hospice that stands at an altitude of 2,100 metres (6,900 feet).
The head of the Swiss Air Force, Aldo Schellenberg, told a news conference in Bern: "I'm deeply shocked," report news agencies.
The helicopter had been flying a delegation of four French army officers and Swiss officials to the area for a regular two day mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) inspecting Swiss army installations.
The air force says an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway
A Swiss Army helicopter has crashed in south-eastern Switzerland
According to cantonal police in Ticino, the helicopter, thought to be a Super Puma, crashed onto the Gotthard pass road, close to the hotel, 'Ospizio San Gottardo' (St Gotthard Hospice), at about midday.
The air rescue service, REGA is on the scene and emergency respondents believe people have been injured.
In a statement the defence ministry said further details of the accident are not yet known.
Helikopterabsturz beim Gotthard Hospiz. Mutmasslich Verletzte. REGA vor Ort. Bergung im Gange. Weitere Informationen folgen. — VBS - DDPS (@vbs_ddps) 28 September 2016
The Ticino director of cantonal security, Norman Gobbi wrote on twitter, "Military helicopter (Super Puma) crashed on the Gotthard pass. More details will follow via the cantonal police."