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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 December 2005, 18:00 GMT
Two killed in helicopter accident
Police cordon near to crash scene
Investigations are under way at the scene of the crash
An investigation is under way after two men died when their helicopter crashed in Perthshire.

The Bell Jet Ranger 206B helicopter came down in a field beside the A94 Coupar Angus to Forfar road near the village of Meigle at 1015 GMT.

It left Cumbernauld Airport near Glasgow about an hour earlier on a flight to Aberdeen.

Police later named the dead men as Robert Ward, 48, from Glasgow and Edward Lapsley, 56, from Tyne and Wear.

The helicopter, which was built in 1969, is registered to a company in Newmachar, Aberdeenshire.

It seemed to fall to pieces in mid-air and basically fell to the ground
Craig Penney
Eye-witness

Air accident investigators were sent to the scene from their base in Farnborough.

Debris from the aircraft was spread over a wide area and Tayside Police asked people to stay away while the experts examined the scene.

Craig Penney, from Arbroath, was driving in the area and saw the crash.

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme: "As I came almost level with the helicopter where it had crossed towards the field, pieces seemed to fall away from it and then it seemed to fall to pieces in mid-air and basically fell to the ground.

"I rang the emergency services and was speaking to them for a few minutes and then they asked me to go down to the site and I just found the wreckage of the helicopter.

"There was no-one in the cabin of the helicopter but there were two bodies some distance from the main wreckage site."

The National Grid confirmed that it hired the helicopter to conduct a gas pipe patrol.


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