Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Helicopter hits crane, crashes onto busy London street

Smoke pours from the burning debris of a helicopter which crashed in the Vauxhall district of London on Jan. 16, 2012.
A damaged crane that was hit by a helicopter is pictured following the crash on Jan. 16, 2013.
Debris from a crashed helicopter is seen in Vauxhall on Jan. 16, 2013. A helicopter crashed into a crane on top of one of Europe's tallest residential blocks in central London on Wednesday, killing two people as it burst into flames and threw plumes of smoke into the foggy air.
A fire burns after a helicopter crashed in Vauxhall on Jan. 16, 2013.
By Ian Johnston and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News
LONDON -- Two people were killed and nine others injured when a helicopter apparently hit a crane atop a skyscraper and then crashed on a street in the U.K. capital Wednesday morning, police said.
The crash happened at 8 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) in the South Lambeth area of London.
In a mesage on Twitter,s London Fire Brigade said they had "rescued a man from a burning car at the scene of the helicopter crash." 
Wreckage at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on Jan. 16, 2013. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour.

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