Two killed in London helicopter crash

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Two people have been confirmed killed after a helicopter apparently collided with a crane on top of a building in central London on 16 January.

The aircraft, an AgustaWestland AW109, came down on Wandsworth Road near Vauxhall train station south of the river Thames at around 08:00 local. London Fire Brigade reports that a crane has been left in an unsafe position at One St George Wharf, a residential development that includes a 594ft (181m) tower.

Weather data from nearby London City airport at the time of the crash shows a ceiling of 100ft, in conditions of freezing fog with visibility down to 600m.

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The Metropolitan Police says two people died at the scene, with another nine people injured, including one critically. London Fire Brigade confirms that an individual was rescued from a burning car.

Images posted on social media websites showed what appeared to be burning aviation fuel and witnesses reported a plume of black smoke rising from the crash scene. The fire brigade says it sent 60 firefighters to the incident and the blaze has now been brought under control.

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Nearby Battersea London heliport has been closed for the day.

The Metroplitan Police will hold a press conference at 11:30 local.