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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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Helicopter pilot's final words revealed

The final words of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash in central London were revealed today.

50-year-old Pete Barnes died from multiple injuries when his aircraft clipped a crane at St George Wharf, south London, last week.

Matthew Wood, a pedestrian, was also killed as he walked to work.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) revealed the pilot completed a radio conversation with air traffic control before the crash.

Mr Barnes had requested to land at London Heliport in Battersea.

He asked: "Is Battersea open, do you know?"

After being told the heliport was open, he replied: "If I could head to Battersea that would be very useful."

Just 15 seconds before hitting the crane, air traffic control told the pilot: "Battersea diversion approved, you're cleared to Battersea."

His final words were: "Thanks a lot."

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