Missing Helicopter Found by Search Team

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Photograph: High Level/Rex

By Eva Buckley

 

The helicopter that went missing yesterday has been found with the bodies of five people. The helicopter destined for Dublin has been found by Mountain Rescue Teams in Snowdonia, Wales.

 

Contact with the helicopter carrying five businessmen was lost after 4pm yesterday. It was believed the helicopter had crashed in the Irish Sea and the UK Coast Guard were conducting a search party to find the aircraft.

 

The helicopter was travelling from Milton Keynes to Weston Airport in Lucan, Co. Dublin. The aircraft was last detected on the radar just off the Welsh coast near Caernarfon Bay. It was a light aircraft called a Twin Squirrel Helicopter which is popular among private firms.

 

There was no mayday or emergency calls made from the pilot and visibility was reportedly good at the time the aircraft disappeared.

 

Searches were affected by poor weather conditions last night but continued today. Land searches were conducted by the North Wales Police and local RAF Mountain Rescue Teams today. The terrain and weather conditions has made it difficult for search and rescue teams to find the aircraft.

 

Unfortunately the wreckage had been found with no survivors. A full investigation will be carried out by Air Accident Investigation Branch to determine what happened to the helicopter and its five passengers.

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