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Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6

Jan 16, 2013 16:59pm
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Jan 15, sending black plumes of smoke into the air as it smashed to the ground. Two people were killed and nine others injured, officials said.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • The helicopter crashed just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and near the British spy agency MI6.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Police said one person had critical injuries. Several people were taken to a nearby hospital with 'minor injuries,' London Ambulance Service said.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • The Ministry of Defense said it was not a military helicopter, and a British security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press said the incident was not terror-related.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • The horrific scene unfolded at the height of the morning commute when thousands of pedestrians are trying to get to work.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Video on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and black smoke in the area.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • The video from the crash scene showed a line of flaming fuel and debris.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Witnesses said the helicopter hit a crane atop a 50-story residential building, the St George Wharf Tower.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Allen Crosbie, site manager for the landscape firm Maylim company, who was working at the scene, said the explosion convinced him and others that London was being attacked.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour.
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6
  • Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6