VIDEO - Helicopter Crash: Two Killed in VauhallSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 08:20
VIDEO - Helicopter Crash: Two Killed in Vauhall
The crash sent debris raining down on terrified passers-by as a thick plume of black smoke billowed up through the London sky.
11:54am UK, Wednesday 16 January 2013
Two people have been killed as a helicopter smashed into a crane in central London, crashing into two cars as it hit the ground.
Witnesses said the aircraft cartwheeled out of the sky after hitting the crane on St George Wharf Tower, in Vauxhall, amid heavy fog.
It then exploded into flames.
London Fire Brigade said they had rescued a man from a burning car at the scene, although his condition is not known.
The pilot - the only person aboard the helicopter - was killed, emergency services said.
Nine people were injured, with one reported to be in a critical condition. Five are in hospital and four were treated at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.