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.
Air investigators will seek answers to a series of key questions as they begin their inquiry into the London helicopter crash today.
St George Wharf Development resident Yvonne Kalagbor has been left unable to return home after the area was cordoned off following the fatal helicopter crash
The broken jib of the crane is still hanging from the side of St George Wharf Tower
A friend of the pilot who died after crashing his helicopter in Vauxhall yesterday has dismissed reports that he lost control of his aircraft seconds before hitting a crane. Captain Pete Barnes was one of two men who died. The other was a 39-year-old from south London. Jamie Shepherd reports.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says it's too early to draw any conclusions on whether there should be more restrictions on additions to the capital's skyline
"What we're going to be doing now - the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the CAA is going to be looking at all those kinds of questions''
– London Mayor Boris Johnson
"Was that in any way responsible for the crash? Clearly, we'll want to study that and form our conclusions. I think it's all a bit premature, frankly."
The Mayor was speaking in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.
Police have named a man who was killed when a helicopter hit a crane and crashed in Vauxhall during this morning's rush hour. He was Matthew Wood, who was 39 and from Sutton.
The pilot, Peter Barnes, was also killed. Ronke Phillips spoke to eyewitnesses who saw the drama unfold.
Some roads are still closed following the helicopter crash, and Vauxhall bus station is still closed.
The following buses are on diversion: 77, 87, 88, 156, 196, 344, 360
In addition, routes 2, 36, 185 & 436 (southbound) are unable to serve the bus station so are serving a temporary stop on Bridgefoot (south side Vauxhall Bridge).
TfL is investigating whether temporary bus stops could be placedat Vauxhall Bridge to help serve the area whilst the bus station remainsclosed, and additional staff will remain at Vauxhall bus station throughout thenight to help direct passengers to alternative travel options.
London Ambulance Service say that as well as the two fatalities, five people were taken to hospital - four for minor injuries and one for a broken leg; another seven people were treated at the scene.
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."