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RAF helicopter goes up in flames on top of mountain

By Catherine Wylie

An RAF helicopter has caught fire after making a "precautionary landing" in the mountains of Snowdonia.

Emergency services were called to the Yr Aran area after black smoke was seen rising from a peak.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the incident involved a training helicopter and everyone on board was accounted for.

He said: "A Griffin training helicopter safely completed a precautionary landing in Snowdonia this afternoon following a technical issue. Everyone on board exited safely, subsequently the aircraft caught fire."

Five people - four military and one civilian - were in the aircraft, and a sixth was on the ground. All were safely transported from the landing site.

Yr Aran is a mountain peak on a ridge south of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

Chief Inspector Nick Evans from North Wales Police said: "It transpires that an RAF training helicopter from RAF Valley safely completed a precautionary landing in Snowdonia this afternoon following a technical issue."

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