An aircraft and a helicopter collided in mid-air shortly after midday on Friday over the Buckinghamshire countryside. A small Cessna plane was involved into accident. Built in 1982, it was owned by Airways Aero Associations, which is based at the air field.
The aircraft suffered substantial damage during a previous crash in July 1993. Residents in the nearby village of Upper Winchendon heard a loud bang and could see and smell a plume of black smoke from the crash scene. Four people have been confirmed dead. The pilot of the helicopter and its single passenger, as well as the pilot and a passenger of the plane, died in the crash. Pictures from the scene show fragments of the helicopter's rotor-blades and the plane's fuselage scattered around the woodland floor.
Place of the accident
At least seven fire engines and three search and rescue vehicles rushed to the scene after accident. A spokesman for Bucks Fire and Rescue Service said 30 members of staff in fire engines and urban search and rescue vehicles attended. The area where it happened is off road and difficult to get to. There were a number of road closures following the crash.. Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they have launched a joint investigation to establish the cause of the collision. Investigations at the scene are expected to continue through the weekend and into Monday morning.