Specially trained ‘recovery’ officers from North Wales Police and Mountain Rescue Teams are still being hampered by both weather and terrain as they try to recover the bodies of those who lost their lives in Wednesday’s helicopter crash in the Rhinog Mountains in Snowdonia National Park.
The location of the crash site is both remote and treacherous.
Access is only possible on foot, the site being approximately 4 km or 2 hours walk over very challenging terrain, from the last discernible road and access to this road is only possible with a 4x4 vehicle.
The site itself, and access to it, is precarious, on a steep slope and covered in heather, lichen and moss which after the recent heavy rain is making just standing upright difficult.
At over 700m above sea level just getting to the site involves a degree of ‘scrambling’.
Weather is unfortunately worsening making the task of getting both personnel and their equipment there alone very difficult and potentially dangerous.
That said both Police and Mountain Rescue Teams are utterly determined and focused in recovering all those lost as quickly and as sensitively as possible so they can be reunited with their families.
Trained, experienced mountain rescue personnel are finding the terrain difficult and challenging.
There are no footpaths and the ground underfoot is treacherous in places even for the most experienced however we are all unwavering in our determination to assist reunite the families with those who lost their lives.
A joint investigation led by the AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) is underway and investigators are at the scene to assist forensic recovery of the aircraft.
Relatives have paid tribute to five members of the same family who were killed in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia.
North Wales Police have completed the recovery of all five people who were killed in Wednesday’s helicopter crash in Snowdonia.
North Wales Police say the victims were all adults and members of the 'same extended family' from the Milton Keynes area.