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."
Acts such as Stereophonics, Gabrielle Aplin and Mick Hucknall are to take part in a re-staging of a mammoth Beatles recording session, exactly 50 years on.
They will perform tracks from a 12-hour session which formed the bulk of the Fab Four's debut album Please Please Me, recorded on February 11, 1963 at Abbey Road's Studio 2.
The guest artists will perform the tracks in the order they were recorded 50 years ago. The whole session will feature live on BBC Radio 2 and will form part of a celebratory programme to be shown on BBC4.
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)
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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."
Andy Williamson, chief executive of The Air Ambulance Service, paid tribute to pilot Pete Barnes:
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.
London mayor Boris Johnson confirmed that the crane hit by a helicopter this morning "is now secure".
Speaking to reporters in south London, Mr Johnson described the response of the capital's emergency services as "immensely reassuring".
He said questions about air traffic in the area and the use of the Battersea heliport are "matters that are now being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority".