Man killed in helicopter crash believed to be North Yorkshire Lord-Lieutenant

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A pilot who died after a helicopter crash is believed to be Barry Dodd, the Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, police have said.

Although formal identification is yet to take place, Mr Dodd is believed to have died after the helicopter crashed into a field near Aldborough, Boroughbridge, at 1.23pm on Wednesday, North Yorkshire Police said.

“Whilst we await formal identification, we believe he is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Barry Dodd with the Queen
The Queen during a visit to Richmond Castle with Barry Dodd behind her on the right (PA)

North Yorkshire Police said officers remain at the scene with Civil Aviation Authority and Air Accidents Investigation Branch officials as investigations continue.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Speaking at the scene on Wednesday, Superintendent Dave Hannan, of North Yorkshire Police, confirmed there were no other people on board.

Police activity near the scene in Aldborough, Boroughbridge
Police activity near the scene in Aldborough, Boroughbridge (Danny Lawson/PA)

He added: “We are working with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Civil Aviation Authority to establish what the cause of that crash was.

“The emergency services (including) ourselves, the ambulance service and the fire service, all attended, as did the air ambulance.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said on Twitter that a number of engines from Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon were sent to the incident, and hoses were used to “damp down the scene”.

On the website of the North Yorkshire Lieutenancy – the office of the Queen’s personal representative in the county – it is claimed that Mr Dodd took up the role as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire in September 2014.

Mr Dodd is described as a “successful entrepreneur and wealth creator especially interested in creating employment in rural areas”.

The site says that among his many achievements is the “creation of a multinational Global Services and Manufacturing Group” which has four plants in the UK.

The profile says he was also serving as chairman and pro-chancellor at the University of Hull, and chairman of the joint Hull York Medical School.

In 2014, he was awarded a CBE for his services to the UK economy.

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