DJ Matthew Wood killed in Vauxhall helicopter crash


It has been revealed that a well-known Croydon DJ was killed in last week’s helicopter crash in Vauxhall.

Matthew Wood, 39, who had been known for performing sets at The Ship pub in Croydon, was on his way to work with pest control firm Rentokil in Wandsworth Road, when the fatal incident took place.

A post mortem gave his cause of death as severe burns and leg injury. A date for an inquest is yet to be confirmed.

Helicopter pilot captain Peter Barnes, 50, was also killed in the crash, while six people were taken to hospital and seven more were treated at the scene.

The aircraft clipped the high-rise crane on The Tower at St George Wharf, Vauxhall, south London, last week as he was on his way to pick up a client for a commercial flight.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), released a statement this week, which said that the pilot of the helicopter was advised not to take off that morning due to poor visibility.

In the statement it was said: “At 07:59.25 it [the helicopter] struck a crane on the south side of the river 275 meters from the south-west end of Vauxhall Bridge.”

The Civil Aviation Authority said it was the first fatal helicopter accident in central London since their records began in 1976.

The family and friends of Matthew Wood plan to hold an event on his birthday in April to pay tribute to the ‘bubbly guy’.

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