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Snowdonia helicopter crash: Recovery of bodies might be suspended overnight

Emergency services driving away from the scene

North Wales Police say worsening weather conditions and the difficult terrain mean efforts to recover the bodies of the victims of the Snowdonia helicopter crash might have be suspended until tomorrow.

Specialist officers are recovering the bodies of the five people on board before the wreckage of the aircraft itself is taken away.

A investigation into the cause of the crash, led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), is now underway.

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 some time.

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.

– Supt Gareth Evans, North Wales Police

The force repeated its call for members of the public to keep away from the area, and also asked for anyone who might have seen the helicopter flying over Snowdonia on Wednesday to contact them.

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'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'

Police thanked rescuers for their work in

North Wales Police say the crash site of the helicopter that came down in Snowdonia 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

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

Police say it took off from "the Luton area", but not Luton Airport itself.

Five bodies found in Snowdonia missing helicopter search

The helicopter was flying from the Luton area to Dublin, with the search focusing on the Snowdonia area

North Wales Police have confirmed that the crash site of the missing helicopter has been found, along with the bodies of the five people on board.

The aircraft crashed in the Rhinog mountain range near Trawsfynydd.

North Wales Police ask public to report missing helicopter sightings

Coastguard helicopters have been involved in the search

North Wales Police are leading the search for the missing helicopter and its passengers in the Snowdonia area.

The aircraft took off on Wednesday afternoon, but failed to arrive at its destination in Dublin.

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.

– North Wales Police

Police urge anyone with information to use the live web chat service or call 101.

Land search for missing helicopter to continue in Snowdonia

North Wales Police have taken charge of the ground search for the helicopter that went missing on route from Milton Keynes to Dublin.

The search will continue in the Snowdonia area today.

Juliet Dunlop is in Caernarfon Bay:

An extensive search of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia was launched at around 4.15pm yesterday, after the Distress and Diversion system lost radar contact with the helicopter.

Two UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopters based at Caernarfon and St Athan were scrambled to scan the area, with all vessels on the Irish Sea route at the time also asked to report sightings.

The coastguard later said the overnight search had been scaled back due to poor conditions.

The weather continues to hamper the search, with poor visibility meaning the air search is still suspended.

We've had some reports of less than 10 metres visibility in areas so the search teams really are being hampered by poor weather conditions.

No air assets have been sent out by the Coastguard. That said, we are still looking to support North Wales Police in any way we can.

We will do that when the weather provides us with that opportunity.

– Coastguard spokesperson

North Wales Police are co-ordinating ground searches with mountain rescue teams, and working with the Coastguard and the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (ARCC) to continue looking for the missing helicopter.

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Police appeal after 21-year-old man goes missing

Jonathon Edwards left his home just after midnight on Sunday. Credit: North Wales Police / family photo

North Wales Police are asking for the public’s help in their search for missing Caernarfon man Jonathon Edwards.

The 21 year old has not been seen since leaving his home in Caernarfon shortly after midnight on Sunday 19th March 2017.

Despite the efforts of Jonathon’s family and friends, local officers, Coastguard and the RNLI who have been searching the Upper Bangor and Menai Bridge areas, Jonathon has not been found.

Inspector Llinos Davies at Caernarfon Police Station said police are particularly interested to speak to anyone who may have seen Jonathon or a person matching his description, in the area of the Antelope Public House or in Menai Bridge town.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx quoting Missing Person Ref 17665.

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