Thursday, 30 March 2017

Five people killed in Snowdonia helicopter crash



Five people have been killed in a helicopter crash in north Wales.

 
A massive air and land search was launched on Wednesday after the aircraft vanished en route from Luton to Dublin.


Supt Gareth Evans of North Wales Police said on Thursday the crash site had been located and the bodies of all five people on board had been found.


A mountain rescue team found the wreckage in the Rhinog mountains between Trawsfynydd and Harlech.


The privately-owned helicopter vanished from radar contact while over Caernarfon Bay.


Police said they were not aware of any plan for the helicopter to stop in Caernarfon as part of its route.


Formal identification of the bodies has not yet taken place and the coroner for north west Wales, Dewi Pritchard-Jones, has opened an investigation.


Police have not revealed the exact location of the crash as the bodies have not been recovered from the "remote and hazardous" terrain.


Family of those killed have been informed and an investigation into the crash is being led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.


The search was initially focused on the Irish Sea, but the Coastguard said on Thursday that inquiries led them to switch their efforts to Snowdonia National Park.


Weather hampered the search for the aircraft - helicopter searches were called off due to low lying cloud and teams in Snowdonia had to work with visibility down to 10ft (3m) in some places.





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