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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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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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