RAF helicopter catches fire after landing on Wales mountain


LONDON (AP) — A Royal Air Force training helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain peak in Wales and then burst into flames, Britain’s defense ministry said Tuesday.

The Ministry of Defense said four military personnel and a civilian aboard the Griffin training helicopter got out safely after the aircraft developed a “technical issue.” It said that “subsequently the aircraft caught fire.”

One person involved in the training exercise was on the ground, and also was unhurt.

Photos taken by hikers showed a thick plume of smoke rising from Yr Aran, a peak in the Snowdonia range in north Wales.

Police and the ambulance service said they were at the scene.

The helicopter is based at RAF Valley, an air base where Prince William was posted between 2010 and 2013 as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot.

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