Vauxhall helicopter crash

A funeral was held today for the pilot who died in last month's helicopter crash in Vauxhall.

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Inquest told pilot was diverted in bad weather

Pete Barnes, who was 50, died when he flew his helicopter into a high-rise crane Credit: Facebook

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

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