TWO people have died in a helicopter crash near Ingleton on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The incident happened shortly before midday in a field off Bentham Road near Burton in Lonsdale.

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The Northern Echo:

"Two people were sadly killed as a result of the crash.

"Their families are being supported by specially trained officers.

"There is a full road closure at the A65 and at the junction of Bentham Moor Road.

"People are urged to continue to avoid the area.

"We thank local residents for their patience and co-operation."

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The Northern Echo:

More than two dozen emergency service vehicles were sent to the scene, including the police, paramedics, firefighters and both the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and police helicopter.

An investigation into the crash has been launched by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

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The authority issued a statment this afternoon which said: "An accident involving a light helicopter near Burton in Lonsdale, North Yorkshire has been notified to the AAIB.

"An investigation has been launched and a team of inspectors are travelling to the accident site to begin making enquiries."


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