July 24, 2014

Helicopter crash in London, 2 killed 9 injured

By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Jan 16, 3:17 pm

Helicopter crash LondonA helicopter crashed into a construction crane atop a new building in thick London fog Wednesday, killing two people and sparking a line of flame when it plunged to the ground.

Video footage showed flaming debris on the ground where the chopper came down in the Vauxhall district of south London, close to MI6, Britain’s spy agency.

London Fire Brigade said they had rescued a man from a burning car at the scene, although his condition is not known.

Nine people were injured, with one reported to be in critical condition. At least four are in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.

Thick smoke and flames billowed into the sky. The bent crane dangled from the building top, prompting police to cordon off roads in the area.

Some took to Twitter to report details. One said the aircraft appeared to have hit a crane on a newly-built tower block on the south bank of the Thames. It crashed close to a railway line and a branch of Sainsbury’s.

Helicopters are common in London, particularly around the city’s financial district where many tall buildings are clustered.

The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour. Many commuters arrive at the main line stations from London’s southern suburbs and transfer to buses or trains there.

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