Northern Ireland

Norfolk crash: Remains of Lord Ballyedmond and Declan Small return to NI

Lord Ballyedmond in 2010 Image copyright Northern Ireland Executive
Image caption Lord Ballyedmond was one of Northern Ireland's richest men

The bodies of two men killed in a helicopter crash, including Lord Ballyedmond, have returned to Northern Ireland.

Lord Ballyedmond - Dr Edward Haughey, 70 - and Declan Small, 42, were killed instantly when a helicopter crashed at Gillingham, Norfolk on 13 March.

Pilots, Capt Carl Dickerson, 36, and Capt Lee Hoyle, 45, also died.

Dr Haughey, of Rostrevor, County Down, owned nearby Gillingham Hall. His funeral will take place on Monday.

Mr Small, from Mayobridge, County Down, was a site foreman for Lord Ballyedmond's company Norbrook Laboratories. His funeral will be held on Sunday.

It is not known what caused the crash but witnesses reported fog in the area at the time and said the helicopter came down very soon after taking off at about 19:30 GMT.

The findings of Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigators are expected in about a year's time.

Dr Edward Haughey became Lord Ballyedmond of Mourne when he was made a life peer in 2004.

A leading industrialist, he owned veterinary pharmaceutical firm Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, County Down, and had a range of other business interests.

As well as being a member of the House of Lords, he was a former member of the Irish senate.

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