Shocking images show helicopter plummet onto tennis court as four people on board escape

The four passengers on board the aircraft managed to escape before they were given medical attention once ambulance crews arrived at the scene

Pieces of the crashed helicopter were strewn across the tennis court

Four people escaped after a helicopter crash landed on to a tennis court in a village back garden.

Crews from three fire stations in Oxfordshire were called out to assist on Saturday where the chopper went down.

Support vehicles from across the county and Buckinghamshire were also called in to assist with the terrifying incident which happened in the early afternoon.

Police told how the chopper was found on its side on a tennis court in the rear garden of a domestic property in Denton in south Oxfordshire at 1pm.

The four passengers on board had managed to escape the aircraft before they were given medical attention when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.

The wreckage and mangled rotary blades of the helicopter which crashed in Denton, Oxfordshire


Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue SWNS)

Rescuers paid tribute to the swift decisions of the pilot who quickly sealed off fuel lines and ensured battery supplies were restricted to prevent the crash becoming more serious.

The cause of the accident is now being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch with the help of police.

A spokesperson for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The quick-thinking actions of the pilot to isolate the aircraft fuel lines and battery supplies ensured this incident didn’t escalate further.

“Fire crews continued to make the scene safe so that further investigation of could be carried out.

“The cause of the incident is currently under investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch assisted by Thames Valley Police.”

The Mirror told of another helicopter crash in March during which eight people lost their lives.

A Romanian fighter jet and a helicopter crashed in separate incidents in March.

The precarious situation in the war between Russia and Ukraine have led to unfounded concerns about the crashes of the two aircraft, in which a total of eight people were killed.

The IAR 330 Puma helicopter crashed while out searching for the MiG-21 LanceR jet, which disappeared from the radar during an air patrol.

As reported by Radio Free Europe, witnesses state they saw an explosion in the area where the jet disappeared from the radar.

The jet was later found in an uninhabited area near the Black Sea in what appears to be a tragic accident.

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Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said: “I give my profound regret and full compassion for the loss of seven soldiers from the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base.”

The initial explanation for why both the jet and helicopter crashed was bad weather.

When instances like this happen, a thorough investigation has to take place and all IAR 330 Puma and MiG LanceR aircraft were grounded while this happens.

Romania has experienced unsafe aircraft before. In 2010, 12 people were killed and two injured when an AN-2 aircraft crashed on a parachute training flight mission – the country’s armed forces gave up the aircraft.

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