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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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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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