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Update: Helicopter crash claims three lives

THE THREE men in the helicopter that crashed on the back side of Sleeping Beauty Mountain this morning are confirmed to be dead, reported Terrace RCMP this afternoon.

Terrace RCMP, Search and Rescue Technicians from Victoria, and an avalanche technician were able to access the location of this morning's helicopter crash.

"The avalanche technician deemed the area unsafe for emergency crew and everyone was pulled out," says Cst Angela Rabut, media relations officer Terrace Detachment, adding that the avalanche technician remains on scene for further assessment.

“The weather is not cooperating. It is snowing and raining. When the avalanche technician has determined the area is safe, our emergency personnel will return for further investigation,” says Rabut.

The helicopter was based out of Bailey Helicopters, Fort St. John, said police.

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