TV star Noel Edmonds today paid tribute to pilot Peter Barnes who died when his helicopter crashed into a crane in London.
Noel, 64, told SWNS: “I have flown with ‘Barnsy’ many times over many years both in the UK and across the continent.
“I have never experienced a more conscientious, skilled and professional pilot ever.
“Yes, like so many of us drawn to these versatile aircraft he was a real character.
“We had wonderful times enjoying the freedom of flight but Pete was always mindful of safety and responsibility to others.”
The Deal Or No Deal presenter added: “”My heart goes out to his family and all of those affected by this tragic accident.
“And when the investigations are complete I am sure it will be found to have been just that – a tragic accident.
“We should all be proud of the safety of flight in the UK and particularly in the crowded skies over London.
“Please never forget that thanks to pilots like Pete Barnes the helicopter is still the only method of transport devised by man that has saved more lives than it has taken.
“Thanks for the happy times Pete and the lives you saved when flying the Air Ambulance.”