Two Die as Helicopter Hits Crane, Crashes on London Street


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, which happened at 8 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) in the South Lambeth area of London, caused a large fire that badly damaged at least one car on the ground.

"At this early stage, it appears the helicopter was in collision with a crane on the top of a building," a spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said.

She said that two people were "confirmed dead at the scene." One person was taken to a nearby hospital in a "critical condition," three others were taken to a hospital with minor injuries while five people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, she added.
Police Commander Neil Basu told reporters that the pilot of the helicopter was killed in the crash.

The helicopter struck St. George Wharf Tower, a 50-story residential block that is still under construction.

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