UK NEWS: HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO CRANE IN LONDON, PILOT NAMED

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Via The Daily Mail

The pilot who crashed his helicopter into a  newly-built tower in central London, killing himself and a second person on the  street below, was today named as experienced aviator Pete Barnes.

He had requested to divert via Heathrow air traffic control and land at Battersea Heliport,  due to bad weather conditions, when the  helicopter hit a construction crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge  at 8am.

Mr Barnes, 50,  who flew a helicopter for James Bond film Die Another Day and had been an air  ambulance pilot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tragedy could have been immeasurably  worse because the aircraft  hit the ground just 20 yards from Vauxhall train station, which is a major  commuting hub in the capital and an  extremely busy route at peak time.

The AgustaWestland AW109 twin-engine helicopter,  which struck the under-construction The Tower St George Wharf, was reported to  have been carrying Mr Barnes but no passengers. One witness claimed the crane  driver had a lucky escape after being unusually late for work. Continue Reading….

Rest In Peace Pete Barnes.

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3 replies »

  1. i’ve been in the area every day since the beginning of the year, i don’t remember ever seeing lights on that crane.

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