Tory peer killed in helicopter crash had raised safety concerns

A Tory peer who was among four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk had previously raised safety concerns with the aircraft's manufacturers. AgustaWestland said they were investigating but that "there could be many causes" behind the crash.

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Helicopter crash debris removed from site

Investigators poring over the wreckage of the helicopter crash which killed Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond and three others have begun recovering debris from the wreckage.

Operation to remove wreckage Credit: ITV Anglia

Two pilots killed in the crash in Norfolk were named as Carl Dickerson, chief pilot at Haughey Air Ltd, and Lee Hoyle, a co-pilot at the company, which was owned by the Tory entrepreneur who was one of the richest men in Northern Ireland.

The fourth man who died was named locally as Declan Small, 42, a foreman who worked for Lord Ballyedmond. He came from Mayobridge, Co Down.

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Helicopter crash victims named by Norbrook Group

Those killed in the helicopter crash in Norfolk have been named by the Norbrook Group. Lord Ballyedmond, who was killed in the crash, was the founding member of the pharmaceutical company.

A similar AgustaWestland AW139 to the one that crashed in Norfolk Credit: Marina Lystseva/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

The statement reads:

"Norbrook management and staff also mourn the loss of their friends and colleagues Declan Small (Site Foreman), Captain Carl Dickerson (Pilot) and Captain Lee Hoyle (Pilot).

Our thoughts are with the immediate families and friends of the deceased who have requested privacy at this difficult time."

Police: Helicopter took off from peer's stately home

The helicopter that crashed in Norfolk last night, killing four people, took off from the stately home Gillingham Hall, police confirmed.

The property was owned by Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who was among the four men killed in the crash.

Norfolk Police added that a "significant cordon" remained in place around the site of the crash.

Peer killed in crash previously raised safety concerns

Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk last night. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond, who was among four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk, had previously raised safety concerns with the aircraft's manufacturers.

AgustaWestland said they were investigating but that "there could be many causes" behind last night's crash.

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Wreckage of helicopter after fatal crash in Norfolk

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk last night.

The helicopter wreckage is alongside the A146 in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk.

Emergency services at the scene of the fatal helicopter crash in Norfolk. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was among the four people killed in the crash. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Profile of Tory peer Lord Ballyedmond who died in crash

Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond was one of the four men killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk yesterday.

Here is a profile on the peer:

  • He was one of the richest men in Northern Ireland and had an estimated wealth of around £500 million.
  • Lord Ballyedmond was the chairman of Norbrook, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world.
  • He was known as Edward Haughey until he was made a life peer in 2004.
  • The peer owned Gillingham Hall, a stately home near the crash site.
  • Lord Ballyedmond served in the upper houses of both Britain and Ireland.
  • He was 70-years-old and leaves behind his wife Lady Mary, who he had two sons and a daughter with.
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Tributes to millionaire peer who died in Helicopter crash

Lord Ballyedmond Credit: UTV

Tributes have been coming in to the Northern Irish Conservative peer Lord Ballyedmond who died in the helicopter crash at Gillingham last night.

Stormont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, said. "Without doubt, Lord Ballyedmond was one of Northern Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs.

"He was known for his leadership, integrity and global vision. One of a kind and a self made businessman, he was both highly regarded and widely respected by all those who knew him."

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