Aerial view reveals wreckage from Buckinghamshire air collision

Nov 18, 2017, 00:25
Aerial view reveals wreckage from Buckinghamshire air collision

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said they now have seven vehicles responding to the incident, including fire engines as well as urban search and rescue vehicles.

At least four are reportedly feared dead after a plane and a helicopter have collided in mid-air in the English county of Buckinghamshire.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after midday on Thursday.

An archived report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) shows the pilot admitted the accident was caused by his "misjudgement and lack of experience".

Two people were killed in each aircraft, which came down in woods near Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury, according to Thames Valley Police said. Staff at the manor are understood to have assisted at the scene of the crash. Two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were deployed, the South Central Ambulance Service said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, with fire officers launching a drone over the fallen wreckage in a desperate search for survivors.

Thames Valley Police are coordinating the response to the crash and warned there will be disruption to surrounding roads for the rest of the day.

Waddesdon Manor is a popular wedding venue in Buckinghamshire and was purchased in 1874 by the famous banking family the Rothschilds.

Waddesdon Manor is owned by the National Trust, and boasts 6,000 acres of farm and woodland.

RAF Halton, which is around 10 miles away, said no military aircraft had been involved.

Both aircraft had taken off from nearby Wycombe Air Park, a spokesman said.