3:59 pm, Wed 23 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
Colleague messaged Pete Barnes before flight to warn of bad weather
Pete Barnes was warned of the bad weather by a colleague
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Less than an hour before Pete Barnes was killed in a helicopter crash, another pilot who was aware of his journey sent him a message, saying: "Give me a call as I have checked the weather and freezing fog around at the moment."
Mr Barnes then called the pilot to tell him the weather at Redhill, where he was departing from, was all clear. He said he knew there was fog at Elstree but was going to fly overhead to see for himself.
Pete Barnes was due to collect a client and was warned by them too about the weather conditions. He sent his client a text message back, saying "I'm coming anyway will land in a field if I have to."
The client called the pilot again to suggest that he didn't take off but Pete said he had already started the engines.
1:23 pm, Wed 23 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
Pilot's final words before crash: "Thanks a lot"
Pete Barnes from Nottingham died in a helicopter crash in London last week
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The final words of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash in London last week have been revealed.
Pete Barnes, 50, from Nottingham, died from multiple injuries when the helicopter he was flying crashed into a crane on The Tower at St George Wharf in South London.
A pedestrian, 39-year-old Matthew Wood, was also killed as he walked to work.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed Mr Barnes had a radio conversation with air traffic control just seven seconds before the crash.
Mr Barnes requested to land at London Heliport in Battersea.
After being told Battersea was open, he replied: "If I could head to Battersea that would be useful."
He was told: "Battersea diversion approved, you're cleared to Battersea".
Pete Barnes' final words, just seconds before the crash, were: "Thanks a lot."
11:32 am, Tue 22 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
Latest on Midlands air ambulance pilot death
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The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London has been diverted because of bad weather, before his aircraft clipped a crane and fell to the ground, an inquest heard today.
Peter Barnes was an experienced pilot who had flown with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance. The 50-year-old was born in Nottingham.
Mr Barnes, a father of two, had been flying from Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey to Elstree in Hertfordshire, but was diverted to Battersea heliport due to the bad weather, Southwark Coroner's Court heard.
8:34 pm, Thu 17 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
More tributes paid to Pete Barnes
More tributes have been paid to Pete Barnes, the pilot who died when the helicopter he was flying crashed in London yesterday morning.
Another man also lost his life at the scene.
Mr Barnes worked for air ambulances in the Midlands and was described as one of the most experienced pilots in the country.
Rajiv Popat reports.
5:23 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
President of the AA pays tribute to 'a dedicated pilot'
Mr Barnes was also once the pilot of Newcastle Traffic and Travel helicopter as the voice of Metro FM
The AA president Edmund King has paid tribute to the Midlands Air Ambulance killed this morning calling him a 'dedicated pilot'.
Mr King added that he was 'instrumental in helping road safety' as he flew air ambulances at the time supported by the AA.
The Automobile Association president also commended one of his rescues in 2004 when a motorist was saved from the top of his car in a flooded ford in County Durham.
Pete Barnes rescuing a motorist in 2004 from the floods in County Durham
Mr Barnes was also once the pilot of Newcastle Traffic and Travel helicopter as the voice of Metro FM.
5:01 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
Racing driver says helicopter pilot saved his life
Pete Barnes had a flying career spanning 18 years
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A racing driver has paid tribute on Twitter to the Midlands Air Ambulance pilot killed this morning when the helicopter he was flying crashed into a London crane.
Jolyon Palmer who competes in the Formula One feeder GP2 series said Mr Barnes saved his life in 2007.
The racing driver tweeted: Pete Barnes helped save my life in 2007 after I had a serious quad bike accident. Extremely sad news today."
4:39 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
Loughborough MP: 'Heard an almighty bang and saw clouds of thick black smoke' as helicopter hit
Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan says she "heard an almighty bang" and "saw clouds of thick black smoke" as the helicopter crashed into a crane in South London this morning.
The MP was walking towards Vauxhall tube station, when the accident happened.
"Ms Morgan says she "saw clouds and clouds of thick black smoke billowing from the ground" and that initial thoughts were that a bomb had exploded."
4:27 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
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
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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.
3:43 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013 Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash
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.”
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