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Copter crash kills two in London

Fire burns on a London street following a helicopter crash that killed two.

LONDON — Two people have been killed and at least nine injured when a helicopter crashed into a crane in central London in misty conditions.

Police said it appeared the helicopter had hit the crane on top of The Tower, One St. George Wharf at about 08:00 GMT.

About 90 firefighters were at the scene near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth. Doctors said one of the dead was the pilot and the other was on the ground.

A man was rescued from a burning car by firefighters.

Burning wreckage lay in the road but the fire was brought under control within 25 minutes, the fire brigade said.

Six people were taken to hospital, one with a broken leg and the others with minor injuries. Seven people were treated at the scene.

Part of the crane was left hanging from the side of the building.

Police said it was understood the helicopter was on a scheduled flight from Redhill in Surrey to Elstree in Hertfordshire.

A spokesman for London Heliport at Battersea said the pilot had requested to divert and land there due to bad weather. (BBC)

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