1. ITV Report

Recovery of bodies from helicopter crash set to continue

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The recovery of the bodies of five members of the same family who died when their helicopter crashed in Snowdonia is expected to resume today.

Feared to be among the dead are Kevin and Ruth Burke, from Hulcote near Milton Keynes.

North Wales Police say the victims were all adults and members of the 'same extended family' from the Milton Keynes area.

Their bodies were found with the wreckage of the helicopter in the Rhinog mountains, near Trawsfynydd, yesterday.

The helicopter was found in the Rhinog mountains Credit: ITV Wales

A major search was launch on Wednesday afternoon when the privately owned helicopter failed to arrive in Dublin.

But due to worsening weather and 'difficult and treacherous' terrain, the search had to be suspended overnight.

An investigation led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is under way.

This is a very difficult, challenging and hazardous operation but I'd like to reassure the families of the deceased and local communities that, together with the AAIB and our mountain rescue teams, and weather permitting, we will continue to work as long as it takes until they are all recovered, and to this end I'd like to repeat my thanks to all those personnel involved for their professionalism and commitment.

– Superintendent Gareth Evans, North Wales Police

The victims haven't been formally identified but their families are being supported by specialist officers from Thames Valley Police.

On what is thought to be her Facebook profile, Mrs Burke says she's originally from Dubline, the city where the helicopter was heading. The profile was updated yesterday to read 'Remembering Ruth Burke'.

One Hulcote resident said Mr Burke was originally from Manchester, was a pilot, and had a 14-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter.

Mr and Mrs Burke ran a construction company Credit: Facebook

North Wales Police say the exact location of the crash site was not being revealed to allow recovery of the bodies.

A temporary exclusion zone over the crash site, to a height of 5,500ft above sea level and a five nautical mile radius, is in place.

Airbus, makers of the Twin Squirrel aircraft that crashed, say they're waiting to provide support to the investigation.

Airbus Helicopters regrets to inform that it has received reports of a fatal AS355 accident in North Wales.

As an Airbus Helicopter aircraft commonly known as a Twin Squirrel, the company is standing by to provide support as required and our thoughts are with the victims of the accident and their families.

– Airbus Helicopters spokesperson

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