Helicopter crashes in Snowdonia killing five people on board

The recovery of the bodies of five members of the same family who died when their helicopter crashed in Snowdonia has been completed.

With the family’s consent details of all 5 passengers are now confirmed as Kevin and Ruth Burke aged 56 and 49, Donald and Sharon Burke aged 55 and 48 respectively and 51 year old Barry Burke. All are from the greater Milton Keynes area.

Two of those on board the helicopter have been named locally as Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes.

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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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