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Midlands Pilot In Crane Crash

The pilot who was killed 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.

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Pilot's final words before crash: "Thanks a lot"

Pete Barnes from Nottingham died in a helicopter crash in London last week Credit: ITV News

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."

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