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.”

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