The inquest into the death of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash in central London is due to open and adjourn today.
Pete Barnes, 50, from Reading, died from multiple injuries when the aircraft he was flying clipped a high-rise crane on The Tower at St George Wharf, Vauxhall, last week.
Witnesses described the twin-engine Agusta Westland 109 plunging to the ground in Wandsworth Road, leaving burning wreckage and vehicles charred by flames.
The inquest into his death is due to open and adjourn at Southwark Coroner's Court. A full inquest hearing will take place at a later date.
Mr Barnes had been flying from Redhill in Surrey to Elstree, Hertfordshire, but he asked to be diverted to Battersea heliport because of bad weather.
There has been speculation that he could have been distracted as he tried to operate his radio.
Aviation lawyer and qualified pilot James Healy-Pratt told the Daily Telegraph: "It could have taken 10 to 15 seconds to make the change of radio frequency, in which time the helicopter could have flown up to half a mile."
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.
Mr Barnes, a father of two from Berkshire, was described as "a good guy" who was "full of life and great fun".
Pedestrian Matthew Wood, 39, from Sutton, was also killed in the tragedy as he walked to work. He died from severe burns and a leg injury, a post-mortem examination revealed last week.
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 Berkshire pilot of the helicopter which crashed in central London had thousands of hours of flying experience including work for films such as Die Another Day and Saving Private Ryan.
Captain Pete Barnes, from Mortimer near Reading, 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.
In a wide-ranging UK career spanning 18 years, he had done everything from flying air ambulances to working as a pilot on adverts, TV programmes and films including the James Bond film Die Another Day, Saving Private Ryan and Tomb Raider II.
In 2004 he helped to rescue a motorist from a flooded ford in County Durham, while working for the Great North Air Ambulance. He also flew the Newcastle Traffic & Travel helicopter as the Voice of Metro FM and worked as a helicopter instructor.
Mr Barnes originally worked as a ski instructor and guide in Europe after completing his business studies degree, before going into advertising. But he later moved to the US to train as a helicopter pilot, earning a US Commercial and Instructor's Licence flying helicopters.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the rules for helicopter flights over central London would need to be carefully looked at following this morning's fatal crash.
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, he also paid tribute to the "brave and professional" response of the emergency services to the crash in Vauxhall, central London, after a commercial helicopter hit a crane on a high-rise building.
Pilot of the helicopter which crashed in London was Captain Pete Barnes from Berkshire, according to sources. Captain Barnes had a distinguished career with over 25 years flying experience - over 10,500 hours in helicopters and 500 hours fixed wing.