Five bodies found with wreckage of missing helicopter in Wales

The helicopter went missing en route to Dublin yesterday

Five bodies found with wreckage of missing helicopter in Wales

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Five bodies have been found with the wreckage of a missing helicopter in the Snowdonia area of Wales.

The privately-owned aircraft left Luton in England en route to Dublin yesterday.

Radar contact was lost and a search operation was launched shortly after 4pm yesterday afternoon.

The twin squirrel red helicopter's last communication was received just after 12pm.

The UK Coastguard launched an aerial search over the Irish Sea, while Welsh police conducted a ground search.

Police confirmed that the wreckage was located today by teams searching in Snowdonia.

Supt Gareth Evans at North Wales Police said: “Formal identification has not taken place so details of the passengers are not being revealed at this time. Families of those on board the aircraft are being supported by specialist Police Family Liaison Officers.  

"Our thoughts are very much with them and on their behalf I ask you respect their privacy at this very difficult time."

He added: “The terrain where the aircraft has been located is remote and in places hazardous." 

The exact location of the discovery is not currently being revealed to allow for a "dignified and unhindered" recovery of the bodies.