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Snowdonia helicopter fire

RAF helicopter fire on Snowdonia peak after technical issue

Snowdonia helicopter fire

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Claire Harvey

An RAF helicopter has burst on fire on a Snowdonia summit after being compelled to land as a result of a mechanical issue.

An air ambulance was sent to the location, along with a coastguard helicopter.

All five occupants who were on board the instruction helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey have been declared safe and did not need hospital medical treatment.

Firemen, police officers and mountain rescue teams from Llanberis, Ogwen Valley and Aberglaslyn also made their way to the peak, while an air exclusion zone was implemented.

” Everyone on board exited safely, subsequently the aircraft caught fire,” he added.

Emergency services were contacted at about 13:45 BST to Yr Aran, a mountain top on a range south of Snowdon. Hikers reported seeing 10ft-high (3m) flames.

The MoD said five people – four military and one civilian – were on the helicopter at the time, while another individual involved in the training activity was actually on the mountain.

It said the exercise involved the helicopter picking people up and putting them back down.

Individuals who safely escaped the helicopter were spotted by a walker
A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman said the Griffin training helicopter “safely completed a precautionary landing in Snowdonia” following a technical issue.

Declan Marshall said he saw “big flames and black smoke”

” Then it went away and I just assumed it had flown off, but then I saw billowing black smoke.”

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it was summoned at 13:45 BST to reports by the air ambulance of a helicopter accident west of Snowdon.

” The helimed was in the region at the time of the crash and was instantly on scene,” a spokesman said.

Eyewitness Claire Harvey saw a “ball of flames” from the mountain
” I assumed it was routine fly-by, it did not look like it was looking for anything.

Huw Price, who was hiking nearby when the helicopter caught fire, said: “We were walking up the path, just me and the dog, and I saw this helicopter flying in the valley below us.

Mr Price, who is on holiday in north Wales, said a walker who passed him said he had seen the helicopter land.

“There was no big bang, it must have just had some sort of issue. There was lots of smoke. It was high, thick, black smoke,” he added.

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