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Notting Hill Housing residents evacuated after Vauxhall helicopter crash

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Notting Hill Housing residents evacuated after Vauxhall helicopter crash Notting Hill Housing residents evacuated after Vauxhall helicopter crash

Nearly 150 Notting Hill Housing tenants and leaseholders were evacuated from their homes following the helicopter crash in Vauxhall, central London, this morning.

Two people were killed and 12 others injured when the helicopter collided with a crane on top of The Tower, One St George Wharf beside the Thames at about 8am.

About 40 residents of Notting Hill's Kingfisher House will remain in emergency accommodation until the crane is secured, the group confirmed. Other residents who were initially evacuated have now returned to their homes.

The pilot of the helicopter, Capt Pete Barnes from charter firm Rotormotion, was killed, along with a person on the ground.

Mr Barnes, aged 50, from Reading, Berkshire, had asked to be diverted to a nearby heliport because of bad weather.

A spokeswoman for Berkeley Group, the company behind the St George Wharf development, said she would not speculate if a light on the crane, which is meant to be on 24 hours to alert pilots, was on at the time of the crash. Residents have raised complaints about it not being lit.

In a short statement, Berkeley Group said: "“We can confirm a helicopter collided with a crane at St George Wharf at 8am this morning.

“Our thoughts at this time are with the friends and families of those killed in this tragic incident.

“Emergency services are on the scene and authorities are investigating the circumstances. We are offering our full support and assistance to the emergency services.”

Notting Hill Housing Group confirmed none of its residents had been injured in the incident. A statement added: "Our Vauxhall offices and the nearby Bolney Meadow community centre were made available to residents throughout the morning. The managing agents provided additional facilities from early afternoon. Our team at our office in Vauxhall have been working closely with residents to keep them informed of any updates."

Image copyright London Fire Brigade.

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