A HELICOPTER has crashed in central London after hitting a crane and bursting into flames.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near the River Thames at Vauxhall, after reports the aircraft had hit a crane and cartwheeled before bursting into flames.
A plume of smoke billowed into the sky above the area this morning.
Fire and rescue services said they were taking “lots of emergency calls” as eyewitnesses described seeing grey smoke towering into the sky, close to Battersea Bridge, in Vauxhall.
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade was unable to give details but said: “We are taking lots of emergency calls at the moment”.
A Met police spokesman said: “We had a call at approximately 8am this morning and we are dealing with an incident.
“We are still waiting for some further details at the moment.”
Eyewitnesses took to Twitter to report details.
One said the helicopter appeared to have hit a crane.
Another said it crashed close to a railway line.
One user posted a dramatic photograph showing burning wreckage in the road.
London Fire Brigade said on Twitter: “We're attending reports of a helicopter crash near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth.''