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Confirmed: London crash helicopter owned by Castle Air Charters

It has been confirmed to ITV News West Country that the helicopter involved in the London crash this morning was owned by Castle Air Charters of Liskeard.

The helicopter was on a long lease to RotorMotion, a company which counts among its clients the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister David Cameron, former PM Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama.


Cornish firm described as UK's "premier helicopter service"

The helicopter which crashed into a crane in central London this morning [Wednesday] was registered to Cornish company, Castle Air.

Castle Air describes itself as the UK's 'premier helicopter service' and has been operating since 1979. Its choppers are used to transport VIPs and it also specialises in aerial filming, with credits including Treasure Hunt, Top Gear, Time Team and Robbie Williams' 'Angels' video.

The firm mostly flies twin-engine, eight-seat Agusta 109 helicopters - like the one that plummeted into the ground in Vauxhall. The helicopters have been built by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland, who are based in Yeovil.

Pilot had requested to divert London helicopter

Emergency services at the scene of the helicopter crash in south London Credit: ITV News

The helicopter that crashed into a crane in South London was registered to a Cornish company. The incident has claimed two lives. Five others have been taken to hospital.

It's been understood that the plane was an Agusta 109, which was registered to Castle Air Charters. Castle Air are based in Trebrown near Liskeard and specialise in chartered helicopter flights across the county. It's main business is in providing helicopters for use in TV and film.

The pilot of the helicopter had requested to divert and land at London Heliport at Battersea due to bad weather, a spokesman for the owners of the heliport told the Press Association.