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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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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.

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