21 JANUARY 2013
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An Augusta 109 twin engined helicopter crashed near Vauxhall Bridge, London, on the River Thames, last Wednesday 16 January, in foggy conditions. The pilot and a person on the ground were killed. The helicopter was thought to be making for the Battersea Heliport due to poor weather conditions encountered between Redhill Airport, the take off point, and the Elstree Aerodrome destination.
Following cross-party calls for a review into the number of helicopter flights over London, a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said: "Helicopter operations in central London are strictly controlled”.
"Wednesday's tragic accident is the first fatal helicopter accident in London since we began taking records in 1976”.
Whilst the River Thames provides for a helicopter route through London the recent addition of a significant number of high rise buildings within the central area has resulted in some highly respected aviation people saying that illuminating these structures should be improved.
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