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Ex-air ambulance pilot killed

The pilot who died today after the helicopter he was flying crashed in London has been named by sources as Pete Barnes, a pilot who previously worked in the North East.

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Great North Air Ambulance release statement

Kevin Hodgson, Director of Operations at the Great North Air Ambulance Service, worked alongside Captain Barnes for several years, flying on life-saving missions across the North.

Captain Barnes stopped working with the charity about four years ago.

“Pete was as good a guy as you can imagine and one of the best pilots I’ve ever had the pleasure of flying with.

Over the years he will have flown on dozens of missions, no doubt saving lives along the way.

Everyone at the charity is deeply saddened at this news.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy.”

– Kevin Hodgson, Director of Operations at the Great North Air Ambulance Service

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