British Columbia Bodies of helicopter crash victims found –

British Columbia: Bodies of helicopter crash victims found –

The bodies of three people who died in a helicopter crash north of Terrace, British Columbia on Jan. 22 were found Sunday.

Last Monday, shortly after 4 p.m., the helicopter, an Augusta A119 Koala, transporting a group of Italian skiers from Bolzano, crashed about 30 kilometers north of Terrace, killing three people, including the pilot.

Four other people were seriously injured in the accident and taken to hospital, while the pilot of the aircraft could not be saved when the helicopter crashed.

In a statement released Sunday by CTV News, Northern Escape Heli-Skiing Company CEO John Forrest thanked the Terrace Search and Rescue team and the RCMP who led the mission.

Italian media identified two victims as Heiner “Junior” Oberrauch, 32, and Andreas Widmann, 35, while the survivors are Oberrauch's brother Jakob Oberrauch and his friends Emilio Zierock and Johannes Peer, according to CTV News.

Northern Escape Heli-Skyline says it is working closely with all relevant authorities to shed light on the tragedy, the cause of which remains under investigation.

On Saturday, hundreds of friends and family members gathered in Bolzano Cathedral for a mass in memory of the victims Oberrauch and Widmann, whose bodies will be picked up by relatives.