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Helicopter Tribute At Crash Pilot's Funeral
The funeral of the pilot who died when his helicopter crashed after clipping a high-rise crane in central London has been held near his Berkshire home.
Pete Barnes, 50, died from multiple injuries last month when he crashed beside The Tower at St George Wharf in Vauxhall.
Some 500 family, friends and fellow pilots filled Reading Minster to pay tribute to Mr Barnes, a pilot with 25 years' experience.
Flowers with a helicopter on top were laid on his coffin, which was carried into the Minster by fellow pilots, among others. A helicopter flew past the Minster twice at the end of the service.
A red, white and grey floral tribute was laid outside the Minster, carrying a note which said "G-Barnesy".
Another note read: "Barnesy, you were tip top... Gone too soon but never forgotten."
The pilot, from Mortimer, Berkshire, had two children - 12-year-old Alexandra and eight-year-old Freddy - with his partner Rebecca Dixon.
On the day he died he was flying from Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey to Elstree in Hertfordshire but was diverted to Battersea heliport due to the bad weather.
Shortly afterwards, his Agusta A109E helicopter clipped the crane.
Witnesses described hearing a loud bang and seeing a flash of light as the twin-engine aircraft crashed near Wandsworth Road.
Video footage and photos flooded on to social media sites showing chaotic scenes, burning wreckage and vehicles charred by flames.
Pedestrian Matthew Wood, 39, from Sutton, Surrey, was also killed in the incident as he walked to work. He died from severe burns and a leg injury.
Mr Barnes had flown as an air ambulance pilot and in several films during his career, including Oscar-winning Saving Private Ryan and Tomb Raider II.
He has been described as "a good guy" who was "full of life and great fun".
During the service, a poem chosen by Mr Barnes's children - Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney - was read out and the pilot's brother Chris was among those to read a tribute.
The song I Wanna Be Like You from the Jungle Book was played as mourners filed out at the end.