THE final words of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash in central London were revealed yesterday.
Pete Barnes, 50, died from multiple injuries when the aircraft he was flying clipped a crane on the Tower, at Vauxhall, south London, last week.
Pedestrian Matthew Wood, 39, was also killed.
A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch revealed the pilot had a radio conversation with air traffic control seconds before the crash. Mr Barnes asked to land at London Heliport in Battersea.
He said: “Is Battersea open, do you know?”
On being told it was, he replied: “If I could head to Battersea that would be very useful.” Just 15 seconds before he hit the crane, air traffic control told the pilot: “Battersea diversion approved, you’re cleared to Battersea.”
His final words were: “Thanks a lot.”