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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Police: Snowdonia helicopter crash site 'remote and hazardous'

Police thanked rescuers for their work in

North Wales Police say the crash site of the helicopter that came down in Snowdonia is "remote... and hazardous".

The aircraft crashed in the Rhinog mountain range near Trawsfynydd.

The exact location has yet to be revealed "to allow a dignified and unhindered recovery of the bodies".

Local conditions were described as atrocious with visibility down to less than 10 metres in places. My thanks go out to the professionalism and commitment of all those personnel involved in this operation.

I'd also ask people to refrain from visiting the area as it is now subject of a full investigation led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what led up to and caused this tragic event.

– Supt. Gareth Evans, North Wales Police

A huge search was launched for the red Twin Squirrel helicopter after it failed to arrive in Dublin yesterday.

Police say it took off from "the Luton area", but not Luton Airport itself.

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