Man dies as helicopter crashes in Cambridgeshire

A man was killed when a helicopter crashed in a Cambridgeshire village.

It came down in fields near Lancaster Way Business Park at Witchford, near Ely, at about 11:00 GMT, the East of England Ambulance Service said.

Eyewitnesses said they heard a bang and saw a black helicopter crash to the ground and land upside down.

The man, whose age is not known, was declared dead at the scene. "Our thoughts are with his family," an ambulance spokeswoman said.

The helicopter, thought to be a Robinson R22 two-seater, is believed to have been flying from Manston Airport in Kent to Fenland Airfield near Spalding in Lincolnshire.

Cambridgeshire Police have set up a cordon around the crash site.

Ch Insp Dave Sargent said recovery of the helicopter would begin on Saturday and an investigation would begin into the cause of the crash.

'Heard a bang'

"A cordon will remain in place overnight at the scene of the crash and it is also likely to be in place for the majority of Saturday while air accident investigations continue.

"Police will continue to secure the site... and the helicopter will not be removed.

"It is not yet known when formal identification will take place, but certainly not before Saturday."

Terry Holloway from Cambridge Airport said the pilot had been in touch with air traffic control at Cambridge shortly before the crash.

"All aircraft, whether fixed-wing or helicopters, are in contact with someone at every stage of their journey.

"The helicopter pilot had been talking as a matter of routine to our air traffic control as it passed Cambridge Airport."

Richard Dunk, from the Stockshop warehouse at Lancaster Way Business Park, said he was having lunch with a colleague when they "heard a bit of a bang".

"I turned around and saw the helicopter coming down with a lot of smoke coming out of the back."

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