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In pictures: Specialist contractors investigating helicopter crash site

London Fire Brigade is working with specialist contractors to assess damage of tower crane after it was hit by a helicopter this morning killing two people.

A two-seater helicopter crashed into a tower crane as it was close to completing construction of the 180m tall St George’s Tower in Vauxhall south London.

Emergency services have cordoned off Nine Elms Lane and Wandsworth Road in Vauxhall as a precaution.

“There is no imminent risk of the crane collapsing, but this is something that is still being assessed,” said a firefighter at the scene.

The helicopter smashed into the tower crane at just before 8am this morning throwing part of the structure onto Nine Elms Lane adjacent to the site. The pilot was killed along with a bystander on the ground, and a further nine was injured.

Metropolitan Police commander Neil Basu said: “It’s something of a miracle that this was not many times worse given the time of day that it happened.”

Once the damage is fully assessed the Fire Brigade will be working the specialist contractors, contractor Brookfield and structural engineer Robert Bird to determine the best way to dismantle the crane.

The Health and Safety Executive has also launched an investigation.

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