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Britons die in helicopter crash

Rescue teams at crash site
Image caption The helicopter crashed in the south-west of the Spanish island

Two British nationals have been killed in a helicopter crash in Majorca, the Foreign Office has said.

A spokeswoman said the accident happened on Saturday but gave no further details, adding that formal identification needed to take place.

"We have offered consular assistance to the family," she said.

Local police said the helicopter crashed between Andratx and Estellecs on the south-west tip of the island, according to the AFP news agency.

Forest fire

Jose Luis Montoya, a spokesman for Majorca's Emergency Services, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: "We received several calls at around 11.10am from witnesses saying they had seen a helicopter crash down in flames in a wooded area.

"Firefighters, paramedics and police officers were immediately sent to the scene."

The helicopter had been flying over wooded terrain in Coll de Sa Gramola.

The crash caused a small forest fire, destroying a quarter of an acre of woodland before it was put out, reports said.

The area is noted for its impressive mountain views.