Sunday 18 March 2018

Inquest opens into deaths of family killed in helicopter crash in Wales

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Pat Hurst

An inquest into the deaths of an Irish family killed in a helicopter crash has opened.

Three brothers and two of their wives died in the crash in mountains in Snowdonia, north Wales, earlier this year.

Kevin (56) and Ruth (49) Burke, Donald (55) and Sharon (48) Burke, and Barry Burke (51) all died in the accident.

The family, who lived in the Milton Keynes area of the UK, were on their way to Dublin on March 29 for a party following the Confirmation of another young relative.

When their privately owned Twin Squirrel aircraft failed to land in Ireland, a major search was launched. Their bodies were later found with the wreckage of the helicopter in the remote Rhinog mountains near Trawsfynydd, north Wales.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is conducting an inquiry into the cause of the crash and will examine previous inquests involving aircraft accidents.

The inquest was later adjourned at Caernarfon Coroner's Court in North Wales.

Irish Independent

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