It has been revealed that Captain Pete Barnes, the pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London this morning, spent time working in the North East.
In 2004 he helped 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.
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White Rose flags and crowds half a dozen deep met the riders as they swept through the towns and villages of North Yorkshire.
The Black Cats boss has spoken to the media following his side's one nil defeat to Bournemouth which relegated them from the Premier League.
The Black Cats will play next season in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League.