Helicopter Crashes Into Crane, Kills Two People

Category: World / Jan 16, 2013 8:35AM EDT
A helicopter crashed into a crane on top of one of Europe’s tallest residential blocks in central London on Wednesday (January 16), killing two people as it burst into flames and threw plumes of smoke into the foggy air. Police said there was nothing to indicate that the crash on the south bank of the River Thames was linked to an attack on London, where 52 commuters were killed in rush hour suicide bombings in 2005. The crash site is close to landmarks such as the headquarters of Britain's MI6 international intelligence agency and the Houses of Parliament. The crash killed two people and injured an additional 11. Police were questioning witnesses in the area and dozens of emergency vehicles were in attendance. Helicopters in London are generally supposed to fly along the River Thames but London City Airport said its flights had been disrupted due to low visibility. Authorities are now preparing to launch a full inquiry into the incident.