Helicopter crashes in central London; 2 dead

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CBS/AP/ January 16, 2013, 4:15 AM Helicopter crashes in central London; 2 dead Emergency vehicles at the scene of a helicopter crash in Vauxhall, London, Jan. 16, 2013. / YOUTUBE



LONDON - London police say a helicopter has crashed during a rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a building.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that two people were found dead at the scene of the crash.

A photo shown on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and a large plume of black smoke was seen rising in the area.

London Fire Brigade said it was called at 8 a.m. to a report of a crash on Wandsworth Road on the south bank of the Thames.

CBS News partner network Sky News said there was possibly only a pilot on board the helicopter when it crashed into a crane working on a construction site near Vauxhall train station, a major commuter hub on the south side of central London.

Eyewitness Robert Oxley told Sky he could see smoke billowing billowing from the scene of the crash.

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