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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."

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.

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'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".

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."

Police: We're not speculating on flight path at this time

"At this time we're not going to be speculating on the flight path at this time, obviously that forms part of our detailed forensic investigation into the nature of the flight," Inspector Louis Provart told reporters tonight.

Norfolk police are "keeping an open mind" about the cause of the crash, he said.

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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.

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