Ex-air ambulance pilot killed

The pilot who died in the helicopter crash in London used to fly for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Crash pilot worked on major films

In a wide-ranging UK career spanning 18 years, Pete Barnes had done everything from fly air ambulances to working as a pilot on adverts

The pilot of the helicopter which crashed in central London had thousands of hours of flying experience including for films such as Die Another Day and Saving Private Ryan.

Pete Barnes, who died when the helicopter he was flying hit a crane on a high building and crashed onto a street in Vauxhall, had amassed around 9,000 hours of flying time, including 3,500 hours on the type of craft he was piloting when he crashed.

In a wide-ranging UK career spanning 18 years, he had done everything from fly air ambulances to working as a pilot on adverts, TV programmes and films including the James Bond film Die Another Day, Saving Private Ryan and Tomb Raider II.

In 2004 he helped rescue a motorist from a flooded ford in County Durham, while working for the Great North Air Ambulance. He also flew the Newcastle Traffic & Travel helicopter as the Voice of Metro FM and worked as a helicopter instructor.

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Helicopter pilot flew for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

It has emerged that the pilot who was killed when his helicopter crashed into a crane in the centre of London had previously flown for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Peter Barnes was killed when his aircraft came down in thick fog in Vauxhall this morning.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance have paid tribute to Peter saying they are "saddened to hear of the tragic loss and that he was very well respected amongst staff". Around 80 firefighters tacked flames after the helicopter burst into flames. One other person on the ground died - and thirteen others injured.