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Recovery of five killed in helicopter crash "could take some time"

Ruth and Kevin Burke died in the crash along with three others.

The recovery of the bodies of five family members from the Milton Keynes area who died when their helicopter crashed in Snowdonia has resumed but may "take some time", North Wales Police said.

Feared to be among the dead are Kevin and Ruth Burke, a couple from Hulcote near Milton Keynes. The other victims have been named in reports as Mr Burke's two brothers and sister-in-law, Barry, Donald and Sharon.

North Wales Police said the victims were all adults and members of the "same extended family."

Their bodies were found with the wreckage of the helicopter in the Rhinog mountains near Trawsfynydd on Thursday.

"Owing to the nature and remoteness of the terrain, the poor weather conditions and the absolute need to carry out this delicate task with sensitivity and dignity, this may take some time.

– Superintendent Gareth Evans, North Wales Police

An investigation led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is underway.

Recovery of helicopter crash victims may be suspended as weather worsens

Police at the scene. Credit: ITV.

Welsh police say the recovery of the five bodies found in the wreckage of a helicopter that that crashed in Snowdonia may have to be suspended due to “worsening weather conditions”.

The five victims are part of the same extended family from the Milton Keynes area. Two have been named locally as business couple Kevin and Ruth Burke.

Formal identification is yet to take place.

Owing to the nature and remoteness of the terrain, the poor weather conditions and the absolute need carry out this delicate task with sensitivity and dignity this may take sometime.

Their recovery is not just important to their families, but also the investigation as it may help identify any contributory factors.

Formal identification is yet to take place and this may take some time.

All the families of those on board the aircraft are being supported by specialist Police Family Liaison Officers and fully updated with developments.

– Supt Gareth Evans

The coroner for north west Wales Mr Dewi Pritchard-Jones has been informed and ‘opened’ an investigation.

'Six children have lost their parents': Family grieve after helicopter crash claims five lives

Local businessman Kevin Burke and his wife Ruth are thought to have been on board. Credit: Facebook

The family of five people killed when their helicopter crashed in Snowdonia say "six children have lost their parents".

The aircraft had set off from Hulcote village in Bedfordshire on the afternoon of Wednesday 29 March.

It is believed local businessman Kevin Burke was travelling alongside his wife Ruth, his two brothers and one of their wives to Dublin. The aircraft came down in the Rhinog mountain range near Trawsfynydd.

In a statement released to the town's paper, the MK Citizen, the family say they need to "be left alone to deal with their grief".

Six children have lost their parents in this tragedy. At this stage the family wants to be left alone to be able to deal with their grief over this terrible loss and concentrate upon looking after the children.

– Family spokesman

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Police: Snowdonia helicopter crash site 'remote and hazardous'

The exact location has not been revealed.

North Wales Police say the crash site of the helicopter that came down in Snowdonia after setting off from a private address in Bedfordshire is "remote... and hazardous".

The aircraft crashed in the Rhinog mountain range near Trawsfynydd.

The exact location has yet to be revealed "to allow a dignified and unhindered recovery of the bodies".

Local conditions were described as atrocious with visibility down to less than 10 metres in places. My thanks go out to the professionalism and commitment of all those personnel involved in this operation.

I'd also ask people to refrain from visiting the area as it is now subject of a full investigation led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what led up to and caused this tragic event.

– SUPT. GARETH EVANS, NORTH WALES POLICE

An AAIB spokeman confirmed staff were making their way to the site.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has sent a team of inspectors to a helicopter accident in North Wales.

– AAIB spokesperson

A huge search was launched for the red Twin Squirrel helicopter after it failed to arrive in Dublin yesterday.

Five dead in helicopter crash

The bodies of five people have been found with the wreckage of a missing helicopter in Snowdonia, North Wales Police said.

It set off from a private address in Hulcote near Milton Keynes on the afternoon of Wednesday 29 March.

Police appeal for witnesses who saw aircraft before it went missing

North Wales police are appealing to the public to report any sightings of the aircraft that went missing on its way to Dublin on Wednesday 29 March.

Five people are believed to be on board this ‘private’ flight and specialist Police family liaison officers are in contact with family members. At this stage we are not revealing their names and our thoughts are very much with their families at this difficult time.

We are also appealing for help from the public and local communities and so I’d ask if anyone who has sighted the aircraft flying over Snowdonia yesterday and thinks they may know of its whereabouts to contact North Wales Police via the live web chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx or by phoning 101.

– Supt. Gareth Evans at North Wales Police
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