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Picture update: First image of Gillingham helicopter crash site, as investigations continue into the incident

18:08 14 March 2014

Scene of the helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk.

Scene of the helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk.

The first image from the crash site of the Gillingham helicopter tragedy have been released, as investigations continue into what caused the incident, which resulted in the deaths of four men.

Scene of the Helicopter Crash, Gillingham.
Police dog.Scene of the Helicopter Crash, Gillingham. Police dog.

The helicopter which crashed on the Suffolk/Norfolk border last night, killing four people, was “flying in a strange way” moments before the incident, according to an eye witness.

Investigations are continuing today into the crash in Gillingham, near Beccles, which happened at about 7.30pm yesterday and claimed the life of Northern Ireland peer, Lord Ballyedmond.

James Tuttle, 41, who is from nearby Geldeston, saw the helicopter come down.

He said: “We used to see him coming and going in his helicopter from our back garden all the time.

Scene of the Helicopter Crash, Gillingham.Scene of the Helicopter Crash, Gillingham.

“At about 7pm we noticed the helicopter coming in very low and at an unusual 45-degree angle.

“We didn’t hear any bang or explosion - it just seemed to be flying in a strange way.

“The fog wasn’t that bad at the time - just patchy - it only got worse about an hour after the crash happened.”

Jim Blair, from Gillingham, said Lord Ballyedmond had been renovating the property for several years.

“We understood he was due to complete the work in April,” he said.

“He’s spent a lot of money on it and people in the area were curious about what he was doing.”

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