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Helicopter hits crane, crashes onto busy London street

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Smoke pours from the burning debris of a helicopter which crashed in the Vauxhall district of London on Jan. 16, 2012.

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A damaged crane that was hit by a helicopter is pictured following the crash on Jan. 16, 2013.

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Debris from a crashed helicopter is seen in Vauxhall on Jan. 16, 2013. A helicopter crashed into a crane on top of one of Europe's tallest residential blocks in central London on Wednesday, killing two people as it burst into flames and threw plumes of smoke into the foggy air.

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A fire burns after a helicopter crashed in Vauxhall on Jan. 16, 2013.

By Ian Johnston and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News

LONDON -- Two people were killed and nine others injured when a helicopter apparently hit a crane atop a skyscraper and then crashed on a street in the U.K. capital Wednesday morning, police said.

The crash happened at 8 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) in the South Lambeth area of London.

In a message on Twitter, London Fire Brigade said they had "rescued a man from a burning car at the scene of the helicopter crash." Read the full story.

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Wreckage at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on Jan. 16, 2013. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour.

A helicopter's pilot and a bystander on the ground was killed in central London this morning when it hit a crane and fell to the ground in a fiery crash. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.