Search for missing helicopter resumes in Italy

STORY: The helicopter took off from Lucca in Tuscany and was heading towards the northern city of Treviso when it disappeared from radar screens after hitting bad weather above a hilly, wooded area.

An initial search on Thursday found no trace of the helicopter.

Four of the passengers were employees of Turkish firm Eczacibasi Consumer Products who had been attending a paper technologies fair, the company said in a statement.

"We have been informed that search efforts by the Italian authorities are continuing... We hope to receive good news as soon as possible," the company said.

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