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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Crash investigators prepare to examine wreckage

Police have set up a cordon around the crash site Credit: ITV News Anglia

Crash investigators are preparing to comb the wreckage of the helicopter which came down at Gillingham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

The team from Farnborough in Hampshire will carry out a detailed examination of the site to determine what caused the crash which has claimed four lives.

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Police teams search crash site

Police search teams look for fragments of wreckage Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police teams are searching a wide area near the scene of the helicopter crash which has claimed four lives on the Norfolk border with Suffolk.

Inspector Louis Provart from Norfolk Police is leading the investigation.

He told reporters the emergency services are working together in difficult conditions to secure the scene and carry out an initial investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

Helicopter crash site near stately home owned by peer

The helicopter crash in Norfolk which left four people dead happened near a stately home owned by one of Northern Ireland's richest men Lord Ballyedmond.

The crash happened near Gillingham Hall (point A on the map), which is owned by Lord Ballyedmond. Credit: Google Maps

The peer is the chairman of Norbrook, one of the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company's in the world, and he also owns Gillingham Hall.

'Cluster' of helicopter crashes had 'different causes'

There has been "a little cluster" of helicopter crashes over the last year, but none can be connected as they "almost certainly" had different causes, a flight expert told Daybreak.

Air Commander Dai Whittingham from the UK Flight Safety Committee tried to reassure helicopter passengers accidents in Glasgow, London and Norfolk all happened under "very different circumstances".

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All four helicopter victims 'pronounced dead at scene'

Confirming the death of four people in a helicopter crash in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk, police said all four occupants on board the helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene, and next of kin have been informed.

No further details of the deceased have yet been released.

Officers received the first call relating to the incident at about 7.30pm from a member of the public who reported hearing the noise of a loud crash, a statement from Norfolk Police said.

A police helicopter helped to locate the crash site "ina field containing some wooded area."

Norfolk resident 'heard helicopter flying over his house'

A Norfolk resident has tweeted about hearing a helicopter flying over his house in thick fog tonight, while taxi driver Mark Murray, 22, from Beccles, added: "There is a large stately home nearby and you often see helicopters coming and going from there.

"When they have a game shoot the guests often all arrive in separate helicopters. We don't know if that is linked, but that's the only helicopter activity we see in this area."

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Police secure crash site

Fire and rescue teams arriving at the scene of the helicopter crash Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have secured the scene of the helicopter crash at Gillingham on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and are now waiting for specialist air accident investigators to arrive at the crash site.

Two ambulance officers, three ambulances, two doctors and one rapid response car attended the scene.

Norfolk Police said the crash site had been cordoned off. It is 45 miles from the spot where four crew members died when a US military helicopter crashed on a training mission in a nature reserve in Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

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