Helicopter crashes into Broadway Malyan’s Vauxhall tower
St George Wharf Tower believed to be damaged following accident
A low-flying helicopter crashed into a crane at Broadway Malyan’s Vauxhall tower in south London this morning.
One witness said the aircraft then struck the Berkeley Homes building, before hitting the ground in a ball of smoke.
Another told the Evening Standard: “I saw the helicopter hit the crane and it took up to 30 seconds to come down from the building because it hit the sides.
“The force of the impact was so much that it caused the crane to bend. There were a lot of people coming out of the station who were in shock.”
Eyewitness Craig Dunne, who was walking to work, told the BBC the crane was “obviously in pieces”. “There were cars – three cars on fire – people screaming, shouting and hollering, and the next thing I know there are police, ambulances and everything everywhere and people going crazy. It’s madness – absolute maddess,” he added.
Photographs show the wreckage burning on Wandsworth Road.
Vauxhall tube and train stations have now re-opened, but a number of surrounding streets remain closed.
Two people, including the helicopter pilot, have died and a further nine are seriously injured.
This story is being updated throughout the day