London helicopter crash: Leicestershire MP describes tragedy which kills two in Vauxhall
A Leicestershire MP has described the moment she heard a helicopter crash into a crane in central London killing two people.
The helicopter exploded into flames after hitting the crane, on top of a tower block by the River Thames, before crashing into a street during rush hour.
Conservative MP Nicky Morgan told BBC News she was walking towards Vauxhall when the accident happened and said she thought it was a bomb explosion.
She said she realised something “dramatic’’ had happened because of the thick black smoke.
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“Within a minute there were sirens, so you felt that the emergency services were immediately reacting, which was comforting. It is a terrible, unexpected tragedy. I wondered if it was a bomb explosion."
Just after the crash happened Ms Morgan tweeted "Something happening near Vauxhall. Big Bang and clouds of black smoke."
And later tweeted "Terrible news about helicopter crash near Vauxhall, London within last 40 mins".
Scotland Yard said that two people have been confirmed dead, nine people have been injured and one is critically ill.