Flamborough helicopter crash wreckage investigated

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Image caption The coastguard and armed forces helped with the operation to recover the wreckage

The wreckage from a helicopter that crashed off the East Yorkshire coast killing two men is being examined by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

Pilot Brian Bridgman, 58, of Canterbury, and passenger John Kent, 50, of Romford, died when the aircraft crashed near Flamborough on Tuesday.

The wreckage was lifted 200ft (61m) up a cliff by the military on Friday.

It has been taken to Farnborough, Hampshire, where investigators will try to determine the cause of the crash.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said investigations into the crash were ongoing and a report would be issued in due course.

The operation to salvage the wreckage was hampered by its location at the foot of the cliffs and bad weather.

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Image caption A crane was used to lift the wreckage from the base of the cliffs

Steven Travis, operations manager for HM Coastguard in Yorkshire, said it had assisted the AAIB as the wreckage was "in a very, very inaccessible location at the base of very sheer, tall cliffs".

The Ministry of Defence and the Flamborough lifeboat also helped the recovery.

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Image caption Capt Brian Bridgman (left) and John Kent died when the helicopter crashed on Tuesday

The Agusta/Bell 206 helicopter had taken off on Tuesday from an airfield near Edinburgh and was due to refuel at Humberside Airport before continuing to its destination near Retford, Nottinghamshire.

The aircraft, operated by Kent-based Heli Charter Ltd., crashed at 13:40 BST.

Mr Bridgman, who sold his engineering firm four years ago to pursue his love of flying full-time, leaves a 31-year-old daughter Katie, and a 29-year-old son, Tim.

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