Friday 28 November 2014

Irishman feared among four dead in helicopter crash

Doug Boucher

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

Police man a road block in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk, as emergency services are attending a helicopter crash in Norfolk, police said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 13, 2014. Norfolk Police said the area of the crash site has been cordoned off. It is not known what type of helicopter it is or how many passengers were on board. The site is 45 miles from the spot where four crew members died when a US military helicopter crashed in Norfolk on a training mission in a nature reserve in Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. See PA story ACCIDENT Helicopter. Photo credit should read: Ben Kendall/PA Wire
Police man a road block in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk, as emergency services are attending a helicopter crash

AN Irishman is believed to be among those feared dead after a helicopter crashed in dense fog.

Four people are believed to have died after the civilian helicopter crashed in thick fog in Norfolk in England yesterday.

The man – a businessman in his 70s – owns property in the area and was a regular user of private helicopters and planes.

It is believed the helicopter was on its way to Northern Ireland when it crashed into woodland.

Last night police said they would not be releasing details of those who had died until all next of kin had been informed.

However, they are believed to have been in touch with the PSNI.

The emergency services were called at 7.30pm following reports that the aircraft had come down in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said: "It's a civilian helicopter, and there were four occupants on board who are all thought to have died."

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

Roland Bronk, owner of The Swan House inn and restaurant in Beccles said it was "very foggy" in the area.

Taxi driver Mark Murray (22), from nearby Beccles, said: "There is a large stately home nearby and you often see helicopters coming and going from there."

One local Twitter user said thick fog might have played a part in the crash, adding: "Helicopter crashed very close to my house in Gillingham tonight. I heard it flying over the house."

Norfolk Police said the crash site had been cordoned off.

Irish Independent

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