Wednesday 16 January 2013

Two die in London Helicopter crash

Aviation Nigeria

Two people have died after a helicopter crashed into a crane at a building site in central London in misty conditions, police have said.

Police said it appeared the helicopter had hit the crane on top of a building at about 08:00 GMT, and the London Fire Brigade has stated they have received multiple calls of a helicopter hitting a crane in Vauxhall.

London Fire Brigade said the crash happened near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth and 60 firefighters were there. Burning wreckage lay in the road, with all approaches to the Vauxhall Cross one way system closed.

The incident caused gridlock as roads were closed at the height of the rush hour and Vauxhall Tube station and railway station have been closed.

Reporting on the incidence, ex-BBC producer Paul Ferguson said the helicopter "plummeted straight into the ground", also adding that the building the helicopter hit was shrouded in mist.

Quin Murray who was at the scene of the crash said: "the helicopter just hit a crane and crashed a few metres in front of me in Vauxhall." He said, completely shaken.

Police said they first received calls at 08:00 GMT and the London Ambulance Service said it was also at the scene. People have reported seeing a pall of smoke in the area.

The BBC's Ross Hawkins said at least four ambulances and many police cars were at the scene. He said Wandsworth Road near Vauxhall station is closed, with apparent debris on the ground, and a crane at the top of a new high rise development appears to be damaged.


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