Helicopter crash: “Very early” to start drawing conclusions on additions to capital’s skyline

11:49 17 January 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson pictured yesterday visiting the tower block where a helicopter crashed into a crane. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mayor of London Boris Johnson pictured yesterday visiting the tower block where a helicopter crashed into a crane. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

It is too early to say whether there should be more restrictions on additions to the capital’s skyline following yesterday’s helicopter crash, the mayor of London has said.

The crash happened at 8am yesterday near Vauxhall Station when an AgustaWestland 109 Power hit a high-rise crane at The Tower, One St George Wharf.

Two people died in the incident. One was the helicopter’s pilot, Peter Barnes, while the second has been named by police as Matthew Wood, 39, from Sutton, who is thought to have been walking to work.

Today Mr Johnson addressed questions about whether there should be more restrictions on additions to the capital’s skyline.

He said: “I think it’s very early to start drawing that sort of conclusion.

“What we’re going to be doing now - the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the CAA is going to be looking at all those kinds of questions.

“Was that in any way responsible for the crash? Clearly, we’ll want to study that and form our conclusions.

“I think it’s all a bit premature, frankly.”

Speaking during Commons transport questions today, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin paid tribute to the response of the emergency services to yesterday’s crash.

He said: “May I take this opportunity to thank the emergency services who responded so professionally to yesterday’s helicopter crash in London in which two people sadly lost their lives.

“The Air Accidents Investigation Branch are continuing their investigation and I will keep the House updated on their findings.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This image of a Syrian father cradling his children went viral

Thousands of people have pledged to attend a central London demonstration called ‘Solidarity with Refugees’ on September 12.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sian Berry, who also stood as the Green Party London Mayoral candidate in 2008, has been chosen as the Green's 2016 candidate (Picture: PA Images)

Transport campaigner and arts-loving councillor Sian Berry has been selected as the Green Party candidate for London Mayor in 2016.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A view of London including the 'ugliest building in the UK',  the Walkie Talkie (on the left) (Picture: PA Images)

The City of London skyscraper nicknamed the Walkie Talkie has won a bitter-tasting first prize in an annual competition to name the UK’s ugliest building.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Planned Tube strikes have been called off as talks continue (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The Tube strikes planned for September 8 and September 10 have been called off by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Waterloo passengers face severe delays this morning (Picture: Getty)

Waterloo commuters will have to deal with ‘major delays’ until 4pm today after a signalling problem between Wimbledon and Earlsfield.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more