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Helicopter crash pair identified

The wreckage of the helicopter

Two found in helicopter wreckage

A pilot and his pupil who were killed when the helicopter they were in crashed into marshland in north Lancashire have been identified.

The aircraft sent a Mayday signal as it flew over Poulton-le-Fylde at about 1210 BST on Tuesday. It came down at Barnaby's Sands 40 minutes later.

Pilot Steven Lewis, 38, from Rainhill, Merseyside, died along with Philip Gray, 45, of Mawdesley, Lancashire.

Mr Lewis had been leading the training flight when the crash happened.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We can confirm it was a training flight and the passenger was a learner."

The Mayday signal was received by Blackpool Airport's air traffic control, which alerted the emergency services.

The cause of the accident is not yet clear.

The helicopter which crashed near the Wyre estuary has now been taken away to be examined.

Air Accident Investigators will examine the wreckage in the coming days.

Barnaby's Sands is a nature reserve managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.



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