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Four feared dead in latest British helicopter crash

LONDON (Reuters) - Four people are feared to have died when a civilian helicopter crashed in eastern England on Thursday evening, emergency services said, in the latest in a series of helicopter crashes in Britain over the past few months. The aircraft came down in Norfolk in what witnesses told the BBC was foggy weather. The East of England Ambulance Service said in a statement: "sadly it is believed that four people in the helicopter are believed to have died in the crash."

Body found near site of Chinese tycoon's chopper crash in France

French police said a body was discovered Saturday near the site of a helicopter crash that is thought to have killed a Chinese tycoon and a French winemaker, whose remains were never found. The body was found on the banks of the Dordogne river in southwest France, some 10 kilometres (six miles) from the spot where the helicopter crashed into the river in December carrying four people. A paramilitary police source said the body was "unrecognisable" but that it had not been ruled out that it could be one of the missing victims of the crash.

Prince Charles helicopter drama revealed

A helicopter carrying Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had to make an emergency landing after it began lurching to one side, investigators revealed on Thursday. The pilot of the Sikorsky S-76C chopper, which was carrying the 65-year-old heir to the throne and five other passengers to Wales on May 23 last year, had to land at Denham aerodrome west of London, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

US forces prepare possible new S.Sudan evacuations

The US military is redeploying aircraft and other forces in the Horn of Africa to prepare for possible further evacuations of Americans from South Sudan, the Pentagon said Monday. "The secretary of defense has been following this situation very closely," spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. "We are repositioning our forces in the area of concern," Warren added, saying units were readying in case the government orders more evacuations of Americans still on the ground.

France seeks key clues in Chinese tycoon's chopper crash

French police on Monday launched a delicate operation to lift a helicopter from a river bed for clues into a crash that is thought to have killed a Chinese tycoon and a French winemaker. Efforts to find the remains of Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property magnate, his interpreter and financial advisor, Peng Wang, and James Gregoire, a French entrepreneur and the pilot of the helicopter, have been ongoing since Friday, when the aircraft fell into the Dordogne river.

Sonar search for China tycoon missing after France chopper crash

French police were using two sonar units late Sunday to scan a river bed in southwest France for the bodies of a Chinese tycoon and a French winemaker missing after their helicopter crashed. Efforts to find the remains of Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property magnate, his interpreter and financial advisor, Peng Wang, and James Gregoire, a French entrepreneur and the pilot of the helicopter, have been ongoing since Friday, when the aircraft fell into the Dordogne river.

France steps up search for China tycoon after chopper crash

French police stepped up their search Sunday for a Chinese billionaire and two others feared dead after their helicopter crashed as he was surveying a newly purchased vineyard in southwest France. There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, his interpreter and advisor Peng Wang or winemaker James Gregoire after police on Saturday recovered the body of Lam's 12-year-old son from the back of the wrecked helicopter lying in seven metres (23 feet) of water in the Dordogne river.

France steps up search for China tycoon after chopper crash

French police stepped up their search Sunday for a Chinese billionaire and two others feared dead after their helicopter crashed as he was surveying a newly purchased vineyard in southwest France. There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, his interpreter and advisor Peng Wang or winemaker James Gregoire after police on Saturday recovered the body of Lam's 12-year-old son from the back of the wrecked helicopter lying in seven metres (23 feet) of water in the Dordogne river.

Switzerland helicopter crash leaves five injured

A helicopter crash in central Switzerland on Saturday hurt the pilot and four other occupants -- but a seven-year-old child on board escaped uninjured, police said. Two of the occupants -- the mother of the child and a flight assistant -- were severely hurt in the accident, which occurred as the 45-year-old pilot was attempting to land the helicopter in a parking lot on a military-owned field in the canton of Glaris. The rear of the aircraft touched the ground on approach, unbalancing it, the police said.

Chinese billionaire missing after France helicopter 'crash'

A Chinese billionaire in France to buy a major Bordeaux vineyard is missing after the helicopter he was travelling in apparently crashed into a river on Friday. Lam Kok, the 46-year-old head of the Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, was surveying his new property from overhead in a helicopter piloted by the former owner James Gregoire when the accident happened. His 12-year-old son and an interpreter were also on board, but Lam Kok's wife pulled out at the last minute saying she was "scared of helicopters", an AFP photographer at the scene said.
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