The other victim of yesterday's helicopter crash in London has been named as 39-year-old Mark Woods.
Mr Woods, from Sutton in south London, was walking to his job at a Rentokil office when he was hit by debris after the helicopter, piloted by 50-year-old Pete Barnes, hit a crane constructing a new skyscraper, which is to be Europe's tallest residential tower block.
Matthew Wood was walking to work when he died
A statement from the firm said: "A sad day for us all.
"Our colleague, Matt Wood, was fatally injured yesterday in the helicopter crash in Vauxhall as he walked to work."
Mr Wood's next door neighbour Yvonne Humphries, 63, said: "He lived on his own but he was always having friends round - he had lived here for about 12 years.
"I just can't believe it - I was listening to the news this morning and they said someone from Sutton died, I can't believe it's him.
"He was just a lovely, cuddly guy."
The brother of helicopter pilot Pete Barnes said it would have been his "instinct" to do whatever he could to minimise casualties.
Chris Barnes, 55, from Nottingham, paid tribute to his "good guy" brother, adding: "It's a matter of instinct, it's what pilots do.
"He had 25 years and 10,500 hours experience. He was very good at what he did."
An investigation is now under way into why the helicopter hit the crane on The Tower, One St George Wharf, in South Lambeth on Wednesday morning.
Twelve people were injured and five of them were taken to hospital. One person suffered a broken leg while the others had minor injuries.
Pete Barnes had worked as a pilot on action films
Cars and two buildings caught fire after the burning wreckage from the helicopter fell into Wandsworth Road, which remains closed.
BBC News - London helicopter crash: Crane driver feels 'lucky' he was late
And for those who don't believe in fate or guardian angels just read this amazing story of the two men who had both never been late for work until yesterday when BOTH overslept - and missed becoming two more fatalities of yesterdya's helicopter crash:
Two workmen last night thanked ‘divine intervention’ for their astonishing escape from death as a helicopter crashed into their crane and turned into a fireball.
The pair should have been in the cabin when disaster struck, sending burning debris cascading 700ft on to the rush-hour streets of London below.
Instead, Richard Moule and his colleague Nicki Biagioni were late for work – both had overslept for the first time in years – and missed death by minutes.
The crash, which happened at 8am yesterday in fog, claimed two lives, including that of the helicopter pilot, and left 12 injured. But police said it was ‘a miracle’ that the toll was not higher after the helicopter sliced through the crane ‘as if it was a piece of paper’, scattering wreckage over the streets of Vauxhall, South London.
Richard Moule (top) with his wife Stephanie, and Nicki Biagioni (bottom), pictured with wife Leanna, should have been in the crane cab in Vauxhall when the helicopter hit
What remains: A view today of the broken crane after the helicopter accident in Vauxhall, central London, that saw two people die and a dozen more injured yesterday
Father-of-two Mr Moule, 31, told the Daily Mail: ‘My colleague and I were both supposed to be there at 7am but we were both late.
‘It was the first time I’ve been late since starting this job three years ago. I just woke up late. Call it divine intervention if you like.
‘I went in on my motorcycle and got there about 7.45am. I was in the basement ready to go up when it happened.
‘I didn’t hear an explosion. The first I knew was when an alarm went off and people were being evacuated.
‘The first thing I did was call my wife Stephanie and tell her, “You’ll be hearing about this but I’m OK”. She gave me a big hug when I got back home.’
Mr Biagioni’s wife Leanna said that her husband, a father of three, had also overslept.
She said: ‘He overslept this morning, something he never does and was late for work. He was not up the crane when it hit.
Chaotic commute: Thick smoke rises from the burning debris which fell in the middle of a road. Emergency services personnel can be seen flocking to the crash site
Street of flames: An inferno rages near the crash site and encroaches on a car, after a river of aviation fuel from the downed helicopter caught light
Mangled wreckage: The crane next to Britain's tallest residential skyscraper, the Tower at One St George Wharf, was struck as the pilot 'struggled to see through the fog'
‘I thank his guardian angel.’ Mr Biagioni, 30, who is the principal crane operator, was over an hour late for work. Friends said he was normally woken by his three children – sons Rocco, six, four-year-old Dino, and Luca, two – but yesterday they had slept in.
He was just arriving at the site on his motorbike and driving down a ramp to park in front of the crane as the helicopter hit.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 17th, 2013 at 11:47 AM..