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The pilot of the helicopter which crashed had thousands of hours of flying experience including for films such as Die Another Day.
The crane operator only survived the Vauxhall helicopter crash because he was running late and had not reached his cabin.
Metropolitan Police have named a man who was killed when a helicopter hit a crane and crashed down onto a road in Vauxhall during this morning's rush hour.He is Matthew Wood, who was 39 and from Sutton. Next of kin have been informed.
Tributes have been paid to the pilot of the helicopter, Captain Peter Barnes, a hugely experienced airman with an incredible career in the skies, from air ambulance pilot to flying for big budget films.
Sejal Karia reports
Leader of Wandsworth Council, Councillor Ravi Govindia:
"I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the two people who have lost their lives as a result of today’s tragic events. I would also like to pay tribute to the courage and professionalism of the emergency services."
We have set up an emergency rest centre to offer shelter and accommodation to residents of the area who have been evacuated from their homes or cannot get through police cordons around the crash site.
There are two housing blocks in Nine Elms Lane that have been evacuated. Our information is these are Riverside Court and Elm Quay Court. Anyone who lives in these properties can go to the Savona Community clubroom in nearby Ascalon Street and remain there until the area is declared safe."
A3036 Wandsworth Road. Delays and road closed due to an incident involving an aircraft on A3036 Wandsworth Road both ways between A202 (Vauxhall Cross) and A3216 Queenstown Road (Battersea).
- Also affecting : A3205 Nine Elms Lane both ways between A3036 (Vauxhall Cross) and A3216 Queenstown Road / Battersea Park Road.
- A3205 Parry Street (one way) at Bondway (Vauxhall Bus Station); A203 South Lambeth Road Northbound from B301 Fentiman Road / Miles Street; and A202 Harleyford Road Westbound from A3 Kennington Park Road (Oval Station)
In 2004, Pete Barnes carried out a daring rescue of a motorist from a flooded ford in County Durham while working for the Great North Air Ambulance.
The paramedic who flew with him on that mission said he was one of the best pilots he had ever flown with.
Jolyon Palmer, a racing car driver who competes in the Formula One feeder GP2 series, said Mr Barnes saved his life in 2007.
He tweeted: "Helicopter pilot Pete Barnes helped save my life in 2007 after I had a serious quad bike accident. Extremely sad news today."
UK HEMS, the charitable collaboration of UK helicopter air ambulance services, said Mr Barnes was a hugely skilled pilot.
The organisation tweeted: "Thoughts are with family and friends of Capt. Pete Barnes. A hugely skilled and experienced former HEMS pilot."
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.
VIDEO: Captain Pete Barnes, pilot of the crashed helicopter, was highly respected by his peers. He was well known an a pilot with the Air Ambulance Service, and was involved in countless rescue missions. We have compiled a short tribute film from ITV News pictures.
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.