DERBYSHIRE: Helicopter pilot killed in London crash flew in Derbyshire

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The pilot killed in London this morning when his helicopter crashed into a crane went to Derby University and flew the Air Ambulance over Derbyshire.

Captain Peter Barnes, 50, was in the helicopter which came down in central London after colliding with a crane just after 8am this morning.

One other died and 12 were injured in the crash.

Captain Barnes worked for the Air Ambulance Service across the country, including the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland service, and studied business and marketing at Derby University.

And Williamson, Chief Executive, The Air Ambulance Service said: “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.”

It is thought that he was on a commercial flight from Surrey this morning and had asked to be diverted to a nearby heliport because of bad weather over London.

He logged over 10,000 flying hours during his 25 year aviation career, and used his skills to help in the production of several films including the James Bond movie Die Another Die as well as Saving Private Ryan.