UPDATE: Man dies as helicopter crashes in Cambridgeshire
PUBLISHED: 13:46 06 January 2012 | UPDATED: 14:12 06 January 2012
A MAN has died after the helicopter he was flying crashed into a Cambridgeshire field today.
A member of the public saw the helicopter going down into a field at about 11.30am near the Lancaster Way Business Park, between Witchford and Ely.
Emergency services including police, paramedics and Magpas Helimedix were called but the man died at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries.
A cordon has been set up around the crash scene but no roads are closed.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said: “Our Hazardous Area Response Team attended the incident as well as the air ambulance but the man, whose age is not known, was sadly declared deceased on scene. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Witnesses reported seeing the helicopter plummet to the ground from about 500ft before breaking into pieces upon impact.
Wayne Boyd, who works for Michell Instruments in Lancaster Way, said: “I was working outside in the field when I heard a loud bang, I turned around and saw the helicopter nose-diving to the floor, there was no smoke coming from it.
“It was at least 500-600ft in the ear when I heard a bang, and it just went straight down from there. There was a 4x4 that raced straight over to it and I think there was a hunt going on at the time as well.”
It is thought that the aircraft, a Robinson R22 two-seater, was on its way to an airfield in Spalding, Lincolnshire.