Two people have died and several have been injured after a helicopter crashed in central London and plummeted into rush-hour traffic.

The helicopter spun out of control and crash-landed after clipping a crane on top of one of Europe's tallest residential towers.

It fell from from the sky before exploding into flames, plunging on to a street near Vauxhall station.

The two people killed were the pilot and someone on the ground, emergency services said.

Firefighters rescued a man from a burning car and brought a blaze caused by the crash under control.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed two deaths, one person critically injured and a number of others with less serious injuries.

Cloud in central London was very low at the time of the accident, which happened at around 8am, said weather forecasters.