Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Pilot killed in North Yorkshire helicopter crash

Pilot killed in North Yorkshire helicopter crash

Mr Dodd also devoted a day a week to unpaid public service in addition to his duties as the Lord-Lieutenant, his biography on the website states.

Police have said that they believe a man who died in a helicopter crash on Wednesday afternoon is Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said officers were attending and that they are "not yet able to confirm any information about casualties".

Police, emergency services, and multiple fire engines were dispatched to the scene.

Fire crews from Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon are now in the Aldborough area, near Harrogate, following reports of a light aircraft believed to have come down in a field.

The remaining fire crews had left the scene by 4.43pm.

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The crash site is a few miles away from Dishforth Airfield, a military base that used to operate frequent helicopter flights. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence declined to make an official statement at this stage.

Undated handout picture issued by North Yorkshire Police of Barry Dodd, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, who is believed to be the pilot of the helicopter who died when the aircraft crashed near Aldborough, Boroughbridge, on Wednesday.

"We actually heard the helicopter fly over and I remarked to my daughter "My God that was low", she said. Apparently it crashed in the middle of fields just out the back of us and is completely burned out. It was a burnt out wreck.

"Then I heard an enormous explosion". "My wife made some comment about noise, but we were actually thinking it was a crash on the A1, but the sirens were a bit closer than expected".

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has confirmed it is sending inspectors to North Yorkshire, to investigate the crash.

Officers are now at the scene.

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