A man was killed in a helicopter crash in Hong Kong on Sunday.
A government spokesman confirmed the fatality after the accident off Lam Kam Road, which was reported at 5.29pm.
Rescue services were attending the site at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens and a spokesman for the popular attraction said no visitors or staff had been injured in the accident.
A police source said the helicopter had exploded while in the air, and a witness claimed to have heard several explosions as the helicopter, believed to be privately owned, broke apart before crashing on a slope at the back of the farm's general administration office.
The farm's opening hours had ended at 4.30pm, an hour before the crash.
According to police, the helicopter took off from Shek Kong Airfield at about 4pm for what was supposed to be a 90 minute fight.
The airfield houses units of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, as well as being open for civilian use at weekends.
The witness said the helicopter did not appear to be flying at too high an altitude in the moments before the crash.
"I heard it flying above my head," he said. "Its engine stopped suddenly and then it ran again. The sound was strange. And then I looked up, and saw its tail come off the body and it fell on a slope."
Images and video clips posted online showed flames and black smoke billowing out from a wooded area.
A section of Lam Kam Road near the farm was briefly closed but has now reopened.
In 2017, a small private plane that suffered mechanical failure plunged into trees on a Ma On Shan golf course and was left hanging from the branches for hours.
The aircraft, an American-made two-seater Cessna 152 owned by the Hong Kong Aviation Club, made an emergency landing at the Garden Farm Golf Centre after running into technical problems. A flying instructor and pilot escaped unhurt.
An experienced pilot died in 2016 when an aircraft plunged into the sea near Plover Cove in Tai Po. The long-serving government officer with the Civil Aviation Department, aged 59 at the time, died flying a two-seater Zlin aircraft.
Rescuers pulled the pilot from the plane's wreckage, which was almost intact and on the seabed 16 metres below the surface.
He was flying for leisure and was not on duty at the time.
In 2010, two pilots and 11 passengers were plucked to safety from Victoria Harbour after their Macau-bound helicopter was forced to ditch shortly after taking off.
Minutes after turning to head for Macau, 500 metres out into the harbour, the pilot-in-command heard a loud bang and immediately decided to make an emergency landing in the water.
Before hitting the water, the pilot activated inflatable buoys which kept the aircraft afloat to allow the passengers to evacuate.
Additional reporting by Phila Siu
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