Four people suffer only minor injuries after a helicopter they were in crashed onto a tennis court in the back yard of a village house
- Four people miraculously escaped after their helicopter crashed in Oxfordshire
- All four managed to get out of the rubble at a tennis court near Wheatley
- Experts from the Air Accident Investigation Department are investigating why it fell from the sky
Four people miraculously escaped unaided after their helicopter fell from the sky and crashed onto a tennis court in a back garden of an Oxfordshire village.
The drama happened around 1pm in the village of Denton, near Wheatley.
The alarm was sounded immediately and scores of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire firefighters rushed to the scene, fearing the prospect of fatalities
Crews from three Oxfordshire fire stations were called yesterday to help where the helicopter went down.
Four people miraculously and unaided escaped the helicopter crash in Denton, Oxfordshire, yesterday
Police said it was found lying on its side on a tennis court in the back garden of a house in Denton.
All four passengers on board had managed to get off the plane before receiving medical attention. The extent of any injuries is not known.
Today, experts from the Air Accident Investigation Branch were on the ground in Farnborough, Hampshire, looking for clues as to why the plane fell from the sky.
The pilot managed to avoid colliding with houses in Denton and the helicopter landed on a grass tennis court behind a large house.
Parts of the helicopter broke off on impact and spread over an area of 100 meters. Fortunately, the helicopter did not catch fire in the crash, sparing the four passengers including the pilot from burns.
It is not known where the helicopter had flown to or who owns it. There are several grass runways in the area where it fell, as well as Oxford Airport itself.
The police did not provide any information on the identities of the passengers.
Parts of the helicopter broke off on impact and spread over an area of 100 meters
A spokesman for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival crews were faced with a helicopter lying on its side in the rear garden of a residential building.
“His four passengers had managed to get off the plane and were being attended to by paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service. The pilot’s quick deliberation to isolate the aircraft’s fuel lines and battery supply ensured that this incident did not escalate any further.
“Fire crews continued to make the scene safe so further investigation could be conducted.”
Firefighters from Slade Park, Rewley Road and Kidlington fire stations in Oxfordshire attended the incident along with special forces from across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said it was not believed anyone was seriously injured in the helicopter crash.
“We attended this incident yesterday after being called at 1.08pm following reports of a helicopter crash in Denton, Oxfordshire. The ambulance was also on duty.
“Officials determined that no crime had been committed. Thames Valley Police have contacted the Air Accident Investigation Branch who will now take over the investigation.’