Two killed in London helicopter crash
January 17 , 2013
Two people were killed and several others injured in a helicopter crash in central London on Wednesday.
The helicopter burst into flames and plunged to the ground in Vauxhall, located in the south of the British capital, after crashing into a crane on top of one of Europe's tallest residential towers just before 8 am local time.
Cars and two buildings caught fire after the burning wreckage fell onto Wandsworth Road.
The pilot who died in the accident has been named as 50-year-old Pete Barnes
An investigation is now underway into how Capt. Barnes, whom colleagues described as “highly skilled”, hit the crane.
A second person who died on the ground has been named as Matthew Wood, 39.
Five people were taken to the hospital; one suffered a broken leg while the others had minor injuries. Seven people were treated on site.
Poor visibility has emerged as a possible explanation for the accident.
Barnes, who had amassed 12,000 flying hours, was diverted to a nearby heliport due to bad weather.
However, eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to spin out of control before it hit the crane.
Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a review on helicopters flying over central London, stating it "has to be carefully looked at".
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