Yorkshire tributes to tragic pilot

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A pair of Yorkshire ambulance organisations have paid tribute to one of their former pilots, who was tragically killed in the Vauxhall helicopter crash in London yesterday.

Captain Peter Barnes, 50, died when the helicopter he was flying crashed into a crane in fog during rush hour, plummeting to the ground.

Both the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance have released statements following the tragedy.

In a statement, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said it was “saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Captain Barnes.

“Captain Barnes had previously flown with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as one of our Pilots a few years ago, and was very well respected amongst our crew and staff.

”Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the families of all those involved in today’s tragic incident.”

Kevin Hodgson, Director of Operations at the Great North Air Ambulance Service, worked alongside Captain Barnes for several years, flying on life-saving missions across the North. Captain Barnes stopped working with the charity about four years ago.

Mr Hodgson said: “Pete was as good a guy as you can imagine and one of the best pilots I’ve ever had the pleasure of flying with. Over the years he will have flown on dozens of missions, no doubt saving lives along the way.

“Everyone at the charity is deeply saddened at this news. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragedy.”

Captain Barnes was regarded as one of the UK’s best and most experienced pilots, and his work with both organisations would have seen him fly all over North Yorkshire.

He had a distinguished career, including work on many Hollywood blockbusters.