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The principal of the Middlesex academy which has seen one of its students killed during a school holiday to an Italian ski resort, after apparently falling off a chair lift, has defended the role of staff on the trip.
Rajinder Singh Sandhu, from Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, broke the news of the teenager's death to her family before paying tribute to the victim in the following statement:
Mr Sandhu added that the school is "doing everything possible to support the family in any way possible".
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "I can confirm the death of a British national on Friday 22 February in Italy. We are providing consular assistance."
A company specialising in school skiing trips said a pupil from a Middlesex academy died today in a chair lift incident in Italy, the Daily Mail has reported.
The company, Skibound, reportedly said: "Skibound regrets to confirm that a pupil from Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, Middlesex,has been involved in a fatal incident in the ski resort of Claviere in the Piemonte region of Italy.
"The Company’s Operations Centre received notification that a female pupil had been involved in an incident on a chair lift during her morning ski school lesson.
"Italian emergency services arrived at the scene, but unfortunately she was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital."
Italian police have said a 13-year-old British girl has died after falling from a chair lift at the skiing resort of Claviere, according to the Daily Mail.
A spokesman for Turin police reportedly said: "A 13-year old British girl died this morning after falling from chair lift in Claviere at 9.30am.
"She was on a school trip and was skiing with her teachers and classmates. She got on the lift but fell soon after it started from a height of around 6 metres.
"We don't know yet if she didn't get on properly or if she fell because the barrier wasn't down. She was taken to hospital but died on the way, presumably from a cardiac arrest.
"Further investigations are in progress."