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Man is killed in helicopter crash

A man has died in a helicopter crash over farmland in Cheshire.

Emergency services were called after the aircraft went down on land at Harrop Green Farm in Adlington, near Macclesfield, on Sunday afternoon.

Five ambulances were sent to the farm after being alerted just after 1530 GMT. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened in an area of the county close to the Peak District national park.

Inquiry launched

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "Police, fire and ambulance officers attended the scene and discovered a crashed helicopter.

"Medical assistance was provided to a man believed to be the pilot but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A search of the area with heat-seeking equipment did not identify any other casualties."

The pilot's next of kin have been told of the death.

However, police said the man's identity would not be released on Sunday as further family members need to be contacted.

The circumstances which led up to the crash are not yet known and the Air Accident Investigation Branch has launched an inquiry.

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