06/03/2012 02:19 EDT | Updated 08/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Bodies recovered from B.C. helicopter crash site

The bodies of three men killed in a helicopter crash west of Terrace, B.C., on Friday have been recovered.

Police say weather conditions improved Saturday, allowing avalanche technicians to remove some of the dangerous snow pack above the wreckage so investigators could access the site.

On Saturday, police identified the pilot killed in the crash as Peter Bryant, a 45-year-old resident of the Terrace area.

The other two men have also been identified but police say their names will not be released until all family members have been notified.

All three people on board the training flight were killed when the helicopter went down west of Terrace at about 9 a.m. PT Friday.

The helicopter's beacon, which is designed to go off automatically during a crash, reported the site was 14 kilometres west of Terrace on a ridge on the back side of Sleeping Beauty Mountain.

The ASTAR helicopter is a single-engine, five-person aircraft manufactured by Aerospatiale. It is known as an AS350 in Europe.

The investigation has been over to Transportation Safety Board investigators, who are working to remove the wreckage from the site.

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