Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two dead after London helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed in south London during this morning's rush hour, falling to the ground in a ball of flames.

Two people were killed, according to the BBC, the pilot of the helicopter and a person on the ground. Another nine people were injured, one is in a critical conditoin. One was pulled from a burning car, it said.

Witnesses at the scene said the chopper came down after hitting a crane on top of a building in Vauxhall, just south of the River Thames.

The accident happened very close to the Vauxhall public transport interchange.

It is believed the crane may have landed on top of two cars close to a main road near Battersea, where there is a heliport.

The crane is thought to have been on top of the St George'sTower, which at 50-storeys is planned to be Britain's tallest residential building.

Early reports suggest there was one person onboard the helicopter. London Fire Brigade had 22 engines at the scene within minutes of the accident, which happened at around 0800 hrs this morning.

Trains in and out of Waterloo were brought to a standstill due to heavy smoke.

Are you in Vauxhall? Did you see the crash? If so, please send us your photos and any video you have captured.

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  • Johnbc

    Tragic event. Especially for those on the ground involved. As a Chelsea resident living under the flight path of the Battersea Heliport I can say this was an accident waiting to happen Helicopters are supposed to follow the river at 1500 feet. However as an ex RN officer used to helo opetrations I believe that many if not most Helo approaches to Battersea Heliport are made under that height. Sadly this was obviously one of them..

    By John Barrington-Carver, Thursday, January 17, 2013

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