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AW139 Helicopter Crash In Norfolk ‘Shows Need For Action On Flight Safety’

Four Killed In Tragedy Near Beccles


Aviation law specialists representing injured victims and the families of those killed in air accidents across the world have said that the Norfolk helicopter crash in which four people, including Edward Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond, died is yet another tragedy which shows the need to review the safety of helicopter operations in UK airspace.
The helicopter, confirmed to be an Augusta Westland AW139, came down in a field near to the Northern Ireland peer and industrialist’s home in Gillingham near Beccles at around 19:30 GMT on Thursday (March 13th). Reports indicate that the aircraft was operated by Haughey Air Limited.
Eyewitness accounts suggested that there was fog in the area at the time of the incident and stated the helicopter crashed shortly after take-off.
Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represents injured passengers and the families of people killed in offshore and onshore helicopter crashes in the UK and abroad.
As well as working with personal injury solicitors at Irwin Mitchell Scotland in representing many victims of the Glasgow Clutha tragedy in November last year, the experts also act for those affected by Eurocopter crashes off the coast of Shetland in August 2013 and in the North Sea in October 2012, as well as the Augusta Westland crash into the city of London in January 2013. The team is also assisting the family of a US serviceman who was killed in the crash of the US Air Force Sikorski Pavehawk helicopter on 7 January 2014.

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