RAF helicopter goes up in flames after ‘technical issue’
An RAF helicopter burst into flames after being forced to do a ‘precautionary landing’ in Snowdonia due to a ‘technical issue’.
The Ministry of Defence said all four people on board had got off safely and were ‘accounted for’.
Emergency services attended but no one required hospital treatment.
A mountain rescue team have shared a picture of the mangled wreckage of an RAF helicopter which went up in flames after an emergency landing on Snowdonia.
All of those on board escaped safely though their vehicle appears totally destroyed.
The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said the incident had come during an “exceptionally busy period” and they were forced to call on neighboring teams for help.
“The unhurt air crew were recovered by the North Wales Air Ambulance, who happened to be passing in the area,” the team said in a statement.
It added that five mountain rescue crew had helped to secure the site and work along with RAF mountain rescue personnel who are specifically trained to attend air crash incidents.
North Wales Ambulance Service, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police had also all been involved it added.
We can confirm that a military helicopter made a precautionary landing on Yr Aran #Snowdonia. All 6 crew are safe.
— North Wales Police (@NWPolice) August 9, 2016
— Aberglaslyn MRT (@AberglaslynMRT) August 9, 2016
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman they were called to the scene at 1.50pm to reports of an “incident” in the Snowdonia area.
The spokesman added: “The Wales Air Ambulance has been sent to respond and is currently in attendance at the scene.”