Photos: Helicopter crashes near British spy agency MI6

World | | January 16, 2013, 4:59 pm
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Witnesses said the helicopter hit a crane atop a 50-story residential building, the St George Wharf Tower.

Witnesses said the helicopter hit a crane atop a 50-story residential building, the St George Wharf Tower.

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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.

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.

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The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour.

The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Police said one person had critical injuries. Several people were taken to a nearby hospital with 'minor injuries,' London Ambulance Service said.

Police said one person had critical injuries. Several people were taken to a nearby hospital with 'minor injuries,' London Ambulance Service said.

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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.

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.

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The horrific scene unfolded at the height of the morning commute when thousands of pedestrians are trying to get to work.

The horrific scene unfolded at the height of the morning commute when thousands of pedestrians are trying to get to work.

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Video on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and black smoke in the area.

Video on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and black smoke in the area.

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The video from the crash scene showed a line of flaming fuel and debris.

The video from the crash scene showed a line of flaming fuel and debris.