Investigations continue after man dies in helicopter crash

Investigators remain at the scene where a man was killed after the helicopter he was flying crashed into a field.

The single-engine helicopter went down at about 11.30am yesterday at the rear of Lancaster Way Business Park, in Ely, missing homes and businesses by just a few hundred yards.

Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter plummet to the ground from about 500ft before breaking into pieces upon impact.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said a police cordon remained in place overnight at the scene of the crash and will remain in place for the majority of today.

'Air accident investigators continue with their investigations at the scene and police will continue to secure the site for the Air Accident Investigation Bureau,' the spokesman said.

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'The helicopter won't be removed until [later today] at the earliest and it is not known when the formal identification will take place.'

Emergency services raced to the scene after the crash but the man, who is from Kent, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police have said the rotors were broken off in the crash, with parts of the helicopter strewn across several neighbouring fields.

Eyewitness Wayne Boyd, who works for Michell Instruments on Lancaster Way, said: 'I was working outside in the field when I heard a loud bang, I turned around and saw the helicopter nose-diving to the floor, there was no smoke coming from it.

'It was at least five or six hundred feet in the air when I heard a bang, and it just went straight down from there. There was a 4x4 that raced straight over to it and I think there was a hunt going on at the time as well.'

Oliver Pym, who was carrying out refurbishment work on Lancaster Way, said: 'We turned round when we heard a helicopter coming towards us and all of a sudden it stuttered and made a loud bang and then seemed to fold up and fall to the ground.

'It was quite a shocking thing to see, you just never expect anything like that to happen.'

It is thought that the aircraft, a Robinson R22 two-seater, was on its way to an airport in Spalding, Lincolnshire when it went down.

Ch Insp Dave Sargent, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: 'The pilot was the only person on board. His next of kin in Kent have been informed and are being supported by officers.'

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