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Pilot Pete Barnes speaking to ITV News in 2002

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.

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Crash investigators will examine crane lights

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."

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