2017 Snowdonia helicopter crash

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Template:Use British English Template:Use DMY dates Template:Infobox aircraft occurrence On 29 March 2017 a Twin Squirrel helicopter crashed in the Rhinog Mountains area of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The private aircraft was travelling between Luton in Bedfordshire, England and Dublin in Ireland when it disappeared off radar. Initial searches were detailed to search the sea around Caernarfon Bay[1] and later moved inland when the emergency beacon that is activated by saltwater remained unresponsive.

Five people died in the accident.[2]


The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2 (Twin Squirrel) which was owned by Staske Construction company, left from a private address in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, and was bound for Dublin. Radar contact was lost over Caernarfon Bay off the coast of North Wales at the Irish Sea. Initial searches were started at 16:15Template:NbspGreenwich Mean Time on the 29 March 2017 and were conducted over the sea,[3] but later moved inland with the RAF Mountain Rescue joining in the search. The teams were hampered by visibility being as low as 10 m in places.[4]

The victims, all Irish, are understood to have been from the Milton Keynes area.[2]

On the 30 March 2017, police announced that the crash site of the helicopter had been located and was in "remote and hazardous" terrain in the Snowdonia National Park between Trawsfynydd and Harlech. Five bodies were found at the crash site.[2]


  1. "Helicopter lost at sea". The Times (72184): p. 4. 30 March 2017. ISSN 0140-0460. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Five people killed in helicopter crash in Snowdonia". BBC News. 30 March 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39445384. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  3. Hodgson, Sarah (29 March 2017). "Live: Massive search for missing helicopter in Caernarfon Bay". The Daily Post. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/major-search-missing-helicopter-caernarfon-12817541. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  4. Chaplain, Chloe (30 March 2017). "Five found dead after Snowdonia helicopter crash". Evening Standard. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/five-found-dead-after-snowdonia-helicopter-crash-a3503056.html. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 

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