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.
The pilot who died today after the helicopter he was flying crashed in London was named by sources as Pete Barnes, reports the Press Association.
Following the fatal helicopter crash in London, a key line of investigation will look at whether the hazard lights on the crane were on at the time of collision.
ITV News Correspondent Rageh Omaar reports:
Asked about the lighting claim, a spokesman for the Construction Plant hire Association (CPA), which represents crane operators, said: "We have no comment to make."
Eyewitness Steve Webster saw the crash. He thought the helicopter was in difficulties before it hit the crane.
There were two fatalities and 13 patients treated for injuries after a helicopter crashed into a crane in central London, the emergency services said.
Air Accident Investigators are at the scene where a helicopter crashed into a crane, police said.