Vauxhall helicopter crash could have been avoided, a report claims

THE HELICOPTER CRASH that killed two people in Vauxhall could have been prevented, a report has suggested.

Pilot Peter Barnes, 50, died after the helicopter struck a high-rise crane on St George Wharf Tower in foggy conditions in January last year.

Police at Vauxhall Station after the crash last year

Police at Vauxhall Station after the crash last year

Pedestrian Matthew Wood, 39, also lost his life, and another twelve were injured, when the Augusta 109 helicopter crashed into Wandsworth Road.

Mr Barnes was attempting to fly to Battersea Heliport after calling off his planned trip to Elstree in Herefordshire due to the poor weather conditions.

Safety concerns about how St George Wharf would affect flight paths were raised with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) four years before the disaster, an AAIB report published on September 9 revealed.

Despite flight officials warning of the potential danger the development posed to helicopters, the report claims no action was taken by the CAA.

The document concludes that the pilot “did not see the crane or saw it too late to take effective avoiding action.”