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Large-scale police operation launched after crash

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Pilot in Vauxhall helicopter crash Pete Barnes was 'repeatedly told not to take off'

A pilot who was killed after his helicopter crashed into a crane in central London had been advised not to embark on the journey because of poor visibility.

Crash site: the crane hit by a helicopter last week

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(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Two dead after helicopter crashes in central London

Police said the helicopter hit the crane on top of the building, in the St George Wharf development in Vauxhall, at 8am yesterday

Peter Barnes worked for flight operator RotorMotion

Shuttling film stars and politicians across London, Pete Barnes was one of Britain’s most experienced helicopter aviators

From capturing airborne footage of the 2012 Olympics to shuttling film stars and politicians across London, traversing the capital’s skies had become second nature to Pete Barnes.

London helicopter crash will raise concern about flight rules far beyond Vauxhall

Londoners who live, work or commute close to the river may be startled to learn that the Thames is the capital’s thoroughfare for helicopters

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A motorist died in a Boxing Day car crash on the M20, police said today.

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