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Two die in chopper crash

Two men have died after a helicopter crashed into the cliffs at Flamborough Head this afternoon and plunged into the North Sea.

The RNLI launched two vessels to the scene after the alarm was raised at 1.40pm. They were then put on standby as a Sea King helicopter hovered over the wreckage and emergency teams worked from above. The pilot and the his passenger couldn't be saved.

Jon Hill reports

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Coastguard statement - Flamborough helicopter crash

'We could see the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of the cliff and could see where it had hit.

The swell was too big for the lifeboat to get in close so we were tasked to undertake a search pattern for wreckage with Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

We recovered a number of items which we have passed on to the police.

'We are all devastated that this service didn't have a positive outcome and that we couldn't help the people on board the helicopter. "Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with their family and friends tonight.'

– Flamborough Cole Ibbotson, Flamborough RNLI crew member

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Lifeboats launched to helicopter crash

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews from Flamborough and Bridlington launched this afternoon after a helicopter crashed close to Flamborough Head.

Flamborough RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 1.45pm, followed soon after by Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘The RNLI lifeboat crews from Flamborough and Bridlington spent some time searching an area in Selwicks Bay and later stood by at sea to support coastguard, fire and rescue and other emergency service colleagues in the rescue operation.’

At 5.15pm, the two RNLI lifeboat crews were still at sea.

Helicopter crash update - police

Humberside Police have released the following statement following the helicopter crash off the coast Flamborough.

A recovery operation is underway following an incident earlier today in which a helicopter crashed into the sea just off the coast at Flamborough. Police received a call from a concerned member of public reporting the incident at around 1.40pm today.

The helicopter, which had two men on board at the time, was a private charter flying from an airfield near Edinburgh to its final destination near Retford.

Emergency services including the Air Ambulance, the Coast Guard and Air Sea Rescue attended the area right away and a search was carried out which resulted in the helicopter being located in the sea off the coast of Flamborough near the light house.

Two men were recovered from the aircraft shortly before 5pm. Both sadly deceased.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch will be leading the investigation into the incident to establish the circumstances which resulted in the aircraft crashing into the sea.

Again, members of public and the media are asked to avoid the area which is sealed off 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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