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Recovery of the bodies of five family members killed in a helicopter crash to continue today

Two of the victims were yesterday named locally as Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes.

Photo_2017-03-31_08-47-25_AM (1) Ruth and Kevin died in the helicopter crash. Source: Facebook

THE RECOVERY OF bodies of five family members who died in a helicopter crash in Wales while en route to Dublin is set to continue this morning.

The bodies of the five family members were identified with the wreckage of the downed helicopter yesterday.

Police said the crash site was located in the Rhinog mountains area of North Wales.

Two of the victims were yesterday named locally as Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes.

Ruth Burke is originally from Dublin and it is reported that the downed helicopter was crossing the Irish Sea en route to Dublin when the crash occurred.

The BBC reports that Kevin Burke is believed to have been from Manchester and was a qualified pilot who is believed to have owned the helicopter.

It is reported that the family were en route to Dublin from London for a christening.

Rescue efforts had got underway Wednesday after radio contact was lost with the privately-owned helicopter. It had set off from Milton Keynes in England to travel to Dublin via Caernarfon Bay in Wales.

The aerial search was hampered by poor visibility, and the search turned inland yesterday morning in the Snowdonia region of north-west Wales.

Read: Dublin-born woman among five victims of helicopter crash in Welsh mountains

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