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Helicopter pilot had flying career spanning 18 years

Pete Barnes clocked up 3,500 hours flying in the type of helicopter he was in this morning Credit: Helivision Ltd

Midlands Air Ambulance pilot Pete Barnes who was killed this morning when the helicopter he was flying struck a London crane had a 'flying career' spanning 18 years.

Flying Air Ambulances for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland he had amassed 9,000 hours of flying time which included 3,500 hours on the type of helicopter he was flying today.

His career included work on high-profile film projects such as TV programmes and films including the James Bond film Die Another Day.

On Pete Barnes' Linked In page, a social media site, it states that he attended the University of Derby and went to school in Rutland.



Pilot Pete Barnes speaking to ITV News in 2002

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 today.

Air Ambulance pay tribute to Midlands pilot killed in helicopter crane crash

Cars were set alight as the helicopter and parts of the crane fell to the ground

The Air Ambulance have paid tribute to the Midlands pilot killed this morning in London when the helicopter he was flying struck a crane.

The Air Ambulance Chief Executive Andy Williamson said:

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Pete Barnes was killed in the helicopter accident in London this morning .

“Pete had worked with us for many years and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and with all the families affected by this tragedy.”

Midlands Air Ambulance pilot killed in London helicopter crane crash

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 who was killed this morning after his helicopter hit a crane in central London has been named as Pete Barnes.

Mr Barnes worked as a pilot for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance. It is believed he was educated in Oakham, Rutland. More to follow.


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