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Crashed private helicopter was en route to Humberside airport

A helicopter which crashed near Flamborough Head was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley Airport, it is reported.

The flight was heading for Humberside Airport.

Paul Litten, commercial director for the airport, told the Scunthorpe Telegraph:

This was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley and was due to arrive with our air traffic controllers later this afternoon.

Police and the coast guard are dealing with the emergency.

I knew it was due in and heard that an aircraft emergency had been called. Our thoughts are with the people on board.

Details about the number of people aboard the helicopter are yet to be revealed.

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EDF tells workers 'uncertainties' remain over Yes vote

Energy firm EDF has told its employees that "uncertainties" remain about the impact Scottish independence would have on its operations.

In an email to its 15,000 UK staff, chief executive officer Vincent de Rivaz said the company was "not policy neutral" in the debate over Scotland's future and warned of the risks of leaving the union.

Chief executive officer Vincent de Rivaz wrote an email to EDF's 15,000 UK staff. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

He said workers who have a vote face an "enormous responsibility" and that the outcome "will affect" EDF Energy.

Mr de Rivaz said that both power stations will "remain in Scotland whatever the outcome," but insisted key questions remain unanswered, including over regulation of the industry.

Unicef appeals for $200m to fight Ebola outbreak

UN aid agency Unicef has launched an appeal to raise $200m to fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

It is part of a broader appeal from governments and other humanitarian groups for almost $1 billion to fight the disease.

Unicef, which is responsible for the welfare of children in emergency situations, estimates that 8.5 million children and people under the age of 20 live in affected areas in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

Afshan Khan, Unicef's Director of Emergency Programmes, said: “It is closing schools, destroying health systems and threatening the very fabric of communities. This is a crisis of enormous proportions.”

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Coastguard officer winched down to assess crash site

The aircraft is believed to have been returning to Humberside Airport when the incident occurred.

The Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a call at 1340 this afternoon that a small helicopter had gone into the water below the cliff, between the lighthouse and Flamborough Head Golf Course.

A coastguard officer was winched down to assess the crash site by the search and rescue helicopter from Leconfield.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Helicopter eye-witnesses 'heard loud crack' before crash

Eye-witness Chris Palmer said he heard a loud "crack" and the helicopter disappeared out of sight behind the cliffs. He told BBC Radio 5 Live:

We heard the helicopter. It was like a white, private helicopter going along the coast. We all heard this really loud crack and looked up again. The helicopter started to descend, almost like a plane when it lands. It then went behind the cliff and that's when I called the emergency services. I never actually heard it hit the sea.

Chris Feast, from Flamborough Head Golf Club, said a number of golfers had spotted a helicopter trying to land near the 17th green and then reported hearing a "loud bang and crash".

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Police called to reports of helicopter in the sea

Humberside Police say emergency services were called to reports that a helicopter was in the sea off the coast of Flamborough.

An area has been cordonend off while the emergency services and coast guard continue their work. Initial inquiries are being made in order to try and establish the circumstances which led to the helicopter coming down. Members of public and the media are asked to stay away from the area until further notice due to the site being close to dangerous cliff edges and there also being a quantity of what appears to be aviation fuel in the water around the crash site making it potentially unsafe at present.

– Humberside Police
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