16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point.  Weather likely to have led to flying lower, but as a twin would technically not be restricted to following the routes.  Helicopter was en route Redhill to Elstree, but diverting to Battersea due to low visibility.  Pilot named here as Peter Barnes.  13 people hurt on the ground.

 

Date
January 16, 2013
Reg
G-CRST
Make
AgustaWestland
Model
AW109
MSN
11017
Location
Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, London
Country
UK
CivilMilitary
Civil
Fatal
2
Link 1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21040410#TWEET528591
Link 2
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263213/BREAKING-NEWS-Helicopter-crashes-crane-explodes-central-London.html

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