Fylde instructors killed in helicopter crash

The wreckage of the helicopter.
The wreckage of the helicopter.
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Two former Fylde Coast flying instructors have been named as the two pilots killed as their helicopter crashed over Norfolk.

Captain Carl Dickerson, of Thornton, and Captain Lee Hoyle are believed to have run a flying school out of Blackpool Airport before taking a job with Lord Ballyedmond at his charter business, Haughey Air.

They were flying with Lord Ballyedmond, better known as Edward Haughey, and a man named as Declan Small, who worked for Lord Ballyedmond’s veterinary pharmaceutical firm Norbrook, in the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, which crashed in Gillingham at about 7.30pm on Thursday.

In a statement on its website, Norbrook said: “It is with sincere sadness and deep regret that the company confirms our founding Chairman and CEO, Lord Ballyedmond, was one of four people who tragically lost their lives in an aviation accident at Gillingham, Norfolk, at approximately 7.30pm on Thursday March 13.

“Norbrook management and staff also mourn the loss of their friends and colleagues Declan Small (site foreman), Captain Carl Dickerson (pilot) and Captain Lee Hoyle (pilot).

“Our thoughts are with the immediate families and friends of the deceased who have requested privacy at this difficult time.”