The funeral of the Berkshire pilot - who died when his helicopter crashed into a crane in London last month - took place at Reading Minster today. Mourners paid their respects to Captain Peter Barnes - who lived in Goddards Green near Reading.
The 50 year-old had a long and distinguished career including working as a stunt pilot on James Bond films.
The final words of the pilot who was killed when his helicopter crashed in Vauxhall have been revealed today. Pete Barnes thanked an air traffic controller for helping him divert to Battersea Heliport in thick fog. He crashed moments later.Jamie Shepherd reports.
The pilot who died in a helicopter crash had been diverted because of bad weather before his aircraft clipped a crane, an inquest has heard. Pete Barnes died from multiple injuries after his helicopter hit a high-rise crane on The Tower at St George Wharf in Vauxhall and crashed into Wandsworth Road
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. He was flying a twin-engine Agusta Westland 109 helicopter.
London Inner South Coroner Andrew Harris said he would review the case in three months and did not set a date for a future hearing.
The veteran pilot, who had 25 years' experience, had flown as an air ambulance pilot and in several films during his career including Oscar-winning Saving Private Ryan