|Pilot of Vauxhall Helicopter Crash Identified|
Two confirmed dead, nine injured including one critically ill
Emergency services say two people are confirmed dead in this morning's helicopter crash, including the pilot, who has been named by sources as Pete Barnes according to the Press Association, and nine people have been taken to hospital, including a man has been rescued from a burning car and taken to hospital. One patient is critically ill.
London Fire Brigade say eight fire engines and four fire rescue units and around 88 firefighters plus officers attended this morning's helicopter crash near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth.
The Brigade says it was called at 8am.
The helicopter crashed in foggy conditions near the River Thames at Vauxhall causing huge plumes of smoke to rise above the area and causing traffic chaos for commuters.
The crash, which is believed to have had just the pilot aboard, is reported to have hit a crane at the new St George's Tower close to the local rail and bus stations.
Two cars may also have been involved.
The accident was just down the river from Battersea Heliport, directly across the river from Fulham, which has frequent helicopter services flying in and out.
The heliport have not yet commented on the accident.
Eye witness Belinda Moore has tweeted that she thought something was wrong with the helicopter as it flew over Chelsea. Belinda, @BelsMoore tweeted:
January 16, 2013