Ely: Man Killed In Helicopter Crash

6 January 2012, 13:26

A man has died after the helicopter he was flying crashed into a field in Ely.

Emergency services were called to a field off Lancaster Way, close to a business park, at 11:27am following reports an aircraft had crashed.

Doctors for the emergency medical charity Magpas were also called out.

The man was the only person on board the helicopter.

Police have cordoned off the area around the site of the crash, but nearby roads remain open.

Ely Helicopter Crash

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "Our Hazardous Area Response Team attended the incident as well as the air ambulance but the man, whose age is not known, was sadly declared deceased on scene. 

Our thoughts are with his family."

A team from the Air Accident Investigation Branch has been sent to look into the cause of the crash.

Reports suggest the helicopter, thought to be a Robinson R22 two seater, was flying from Manston Airport in Kent to Fenland Airfield near Spalding.

A cordon will remain in place at the scene overnight on Friday, and the wreckage of the helicopter is expected to be taken away for further investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch tomorrow (Saturday).

The identity of the man will be made public once he has been formally identified by his next of kin.

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