Northern Ireland's richest man killed in crash

Last updated 07:25 15/03/2014
Edward Haughey
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Northern Ireland's richest man Edward Haughey has been killed alongside three other people in a helicopter crash in eastern England.

The helicopter came down in Norfolk, 180 km northeast of London, in what witnesses told the BBC was foggy weather. Four males died in the crash, local police said.

Among them was Haughey, 70, a member of Britain's upper house of parliament who was Northern Ireland's richest man with an estimated wealth of £600 million (NZ$1.16bn), according to the Sunday Times newspaper's annual Rich List.

Haughey, who also served in the upper chamber of parliament in the Irish Republic where he was born, was the founder and chairman of Northern Ireland-based Norbrook Laboratories, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world.

The company employs over 1,700 people and former Northern Ireland economy minister Reg Empey said Haughey had brought quality employment to the British province during the "darkest days" of its 30 years of paramilitary violence.

"This tragic accident has cut short the life of a man who had still much to give," Empey said in a statement.

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- Reuters

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