Saturday 22 July 2017

'It is hard to understand why tragedy takes the best people'

RAF mountain rescue service vehicles on a road near Trawsfynydd in the Snowdonia mountain range in north Wales where the wreckage was discovered. Photo: PA
RAF mountain rescue service vehicles on a road near Trawsfynydd in the Snowdonia mountain range in north Wales where the wreckage was discovered. Photo: PA

Sally Wardle

A couple killed in a Welsh helicopter crash alongside three relatives were "selfless and genuine to everyone they met", their daughter has said.

Donald and Sharon Burke, aged 55 and 48, died when the aircraft came down in the Rhinog mountains near Trawsfynydd in Wales.

In a statement released through North Wales Police, Olivia Burke said: "Our family has changed within the space of a day. They were taken far too soon and it's hard for us to understand why such a tragedy would happen to the best type of people, who were so selfless and genuine to everyone they met.

"They embodied every attribute of an amazing parent, sibling, child and friend. That will never be forgotten and will only make us aspire to do them proud."

Kevin and Ruth Burke - directors of Staske Construction which owned the Twin Squirrel helicopter - and Barry Burke were also killed in the crash.

The three brothers were from an Irish family, and were travelling here to celebrate a Confirmation.

Irish Independent

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