Crash pilot worked on major films

The pilot of the helicopter which crashed had thousands of hours of flying experience including for films such as Die Another Day.

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Cameron 'saddened' by crash

Prime Minister David Cameron was "very saddened" by the deaths and injuries caused by this morning's helicopter crash.

Mr Cameron was informed of the incident shortly after it took place in Vauxhall, his spokesman said.

The crash occurred less than a mile down the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament and its aftermath was witnessed by a number of MPs.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman told a regular media briefing in Westminster: "The Prime Minister was very saddened to learn of the fatalities and injuries in this incident."


Eyewitness who helped during aftermath

Nic Walker said the helicopter crashed on to the street outside his house, setting a car on fire.

I was awake in bed and heard a helicopter. I was aware of some funny sounds and then a loud engine noise, then a huge bang.

I flung open my window and looked out to see fire across the street.

I pulled on some clothes and ran out to help.

There were two people injured on my side of the fire. I think one was a motorcyclist. One seemed to have an eye or brow injury.

I ran down with a guy to check the car. No driver but we couldn't get close enough to see the back.

I took a guy down to check the car was empty but had to pull back from fire and explosions.

That car was later gutted by the fire. There were secondary explosions going on so we had to get back. It was smokey as hell too.

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