Helicopter crash victim tribute

Tributes have been paid to Matthew Wood, the second man killed after a helicopter struck a crane in central London. His company called him "a warm and generous man." The clean-up operation continues on the site of the crash.

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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.

Air Ambulance Service 'deeply saddened' after pilot death

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: Helicopter crash crane 'now secure'

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".

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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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