Helicopter crashes and overturns on tennis court in Oxfordshire

The helicopter crashed in Denton around noon yesterday

The helicopter crashed in Denton around midday yesterday (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service/SWNS)

A helicopter crashed on a tennis court in a small Oxfordshire village and rolled over. The four people on board escaped with their lives.

The pilot managed to avoid houses and get the helicopter onto the lawn in the back yard of a house in Denton.

Parts broke off on impact and can be seen in dramatic images spread over an area of ​​100 meters.

Fortunately, the helicopter did not catch fire, sparing the pilot and three passengers from burns. They managed to climb out and it is believed no one was seriously injured.

Aviation experts today pieced together the final seconds of the flight.

Inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Department searched the scene for clues.

It was still unclear where the helicopter had flown to and whether the machine was privately owned or belonged to a flying club. There are several grass runways in the area where it fell, as well as Oxford Airport itself.

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The four people on board managed to escape the helicopter (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service/SWNS)

Details on the identity of the passengers have not yet been released by the police.

A neighbor who asked not to be named said: “My wife and I came home after the accident. We didn’t know what had happened, but we saw the emergency services arrive.

“We saw police arrive first and then an ambulance, then a fire engine shortly after, followed by two more fire engines and finally our little lane was blocked.

“The only reason I found out it was a helicopter crash was when one of the firefighters told my wife after she asked if everything was okay. They said a helicopter landed badly but no one was hurt.’

The villager said he didn’t understand why the helicopter got so close to the houses given the amount of surrounding farmland.

The 52-year-old added: “Helicopters and planes are quite common here – I’ve seen helicopters, biplanes and even a Lancaster bomber go by.

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They are not believed to have been seriously injured (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service/SWNS)

“We didn’t hear anything before emergency services arrived and we’ve never seen a helicopter land in these fields, but we do see them in the distance – most likely just people learning to fly.”

A spokesman for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival crews were faced with a helicopter lying on its side in the rear garden of a residential building.

“His four passengers had managed to get off the plane and were being attended to by paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service.

“The pilot’s quick deliberation to isolate the aircraft’s fuel lines and battery supply ensured that this incident did not escalate any further.

“Fire crews continued to make the scene safe for further investigation to take place.”

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police: “We attended this incident yesterday after being called at 1.08pm following reports of a helicopter crash in Denton, Oxfordshire. The ambulance was also on duty.

“Officials determined that no crime had been committed. Thames Valley Police have contacted the Air Accidents Investigation Branch who will now take over the investigation.’

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Justin Scacco

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