Northern Ireland Peer Among Four Killed In Norfolk Helicopter Crash

Lord Ballyedmond was one of Northern Ireland’s richest men.

1. Four people have died after a helicopter crashed in thick fog in Norfolk.

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2. The helicopter came down in a field near Lord Ballyedmond’s home in Gillingham, near Beccles, on Thursday evening.

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3. Tributes have been paid to Lord Ballyedmond.


Ulster Unionist peer Lord Reg Empey said: “He brought high-quality employment opportunities to this country during its darkest days.

“This tragic accident has cut short the life of a man who had still much to give. The family circle will be numbed by the tragedy.”

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4. The three other men on board all died at the scene.

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Chief Superintendent Bob Scully of Norfolk Police said: “On behalf of the force I would like to pass on my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those who have sadly lost their lives in this tragic incident.

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5. “Limited investigations have taken place so far due to the dark, cold and foggy conditions.

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6. “However, with daylight and hopefully clearer conditions a more detailed examination of the crash site can get under way.”

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7. It is thought the aircraft may have been heading to Northern Ireland when it came down.

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8. Police confirmed the crash site would remain cordoned off throughout the day with a team from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch sent to the scene.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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