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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Chopper crash victim was friend of Royals

One of the men killed in a helicopter crash in the North was a personal friend of the British Royal family.

Charles Stisted was known to Prince Charles and his sons William and Harry.

Mr Stisted (47) was one of three people killed when a helicopter came down in a remote site in the Mountains of Mourne in Co Down.

"The Prince of Wales and William and Harry are all shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy," a spokesman said.

Mr Stisted, from Surrey in England, works for a polo event managing company -- The Polo Agency.

It is thought the helicopter was returning to England following a shooting expedition.

The Agusta helicopter was travelling from St Angelo airport in Co Fermanagh where the passengers had been on a hunting trip. But it crashed at around 4pm on Saturday at the mountainous Leitrim Lodge Picnic area near Hilltown.

Mountain rescue teams, the coastguard and other emergency services were alerted when a member of the public reported seeing an aircraft in distress, but it quickly became clear that no one had survived the impact.

After a lengthy recovery operation, police confirmed that the pilot and his two passengers were killed.

The helicopter's owner, Ian Wooldridge, also died in the crash.

A source revealed the crash was being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the UK's Department for Transport.

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