London chopper 'plummeted to the ground'

2013-01-16 10:57

London - A helicopter that crashed in London apparently "plummeted straight into the ground", said an ex-BBC producer.

The helicopter crashed near the River Thames in London.

A photo shown on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street.

The London Fire Brigade said that two cars were also damaged by the crash.

According to Scotland Yard, the helicopter apparently hit a crane on top of a building.

Wandsworth Road near Vauxhall station has been closed, with apparent debris on the ground, and a crane at the top of a new high rise development appears to be damaged, a BBC reporter says.

Large plumes of black smoke were seen rising in the area, close to the Waterloo train station during the early morning rush hour.

London locals tweeted about the incident.

Belinda Moore wrote: "Just cycled in and saw lots of smoke over by Vauxhall, gather it's a helicopter crash, saw it flying low over Chelsea Bridge thought it odd."

Quin Murray said: "Helicopter just hit a crane and crashed a few metres in front of me in Vauxhall. Completely shaken."

There were no immediate reports of casualties but Sky News said at least one person was on the helicopter.

  • jaco.d.villiers.1 - 2013-01-16 11:05

    "Atleast one person was ON the helicopter" ? Thats a daring stunt! Inside the chopper would be the better option.

      BulletProof. - 2013-01-16 11:17

      Yes was outside ON the helicopter trying to jump into the crane.

      frans.visserdsb - 2013-01-16 11:25

      i would have assumed that there would be at least one person in the helicopter - the pilot. so this guy must have been clinging on to the helicopter outside?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-16 11:39

      no wonder why it crushed..coz there was at least one person ON the chopper!

  • Tinabtlr - 2013-01-16 11:10

    I would assume that at least one person was IN the helicopter, unless it's the remote control type.

  • vickimaccallum - 2013-01-16 11:11

    "said at least one person was on the helicopter." ON the helicopter?? How does that work? I'm sure you mean IN the helicopter?? Please proof read BEFORE publishing.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-01-16 11:14

    When a prang seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity, as slowly and gently as possible. - Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W.II.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2013-01-16 11:16

    "London chopper 'plummeted to the ground'", surprising since they are known for their gliding ability!?

      Matthew - 2013-01-16 11:22

      Aha...hahaha,ah dude that got me lol'ing hard =P

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2013-01-16 12:07

      they actully glide very well if you have hight on your side and they can be landed safely by doing an autorotation which all pilots are trained to do .

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-16 11:26

    One person 'on'the helicopter...No kidding...and here we all thought it was remote controlled!Condolences to the family.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2013-01-16 12:04

    choppers and cranes dont mix !! condolences to the pilots family

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-01-16 14:13

    Al least Zuma was not in the mix. My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

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