Helicopter, plane crash in mid-air over England, leaving 'number of casualties'

Helicopter, plane crash in mid-air over England, leaving 'number of casualties'

Several people are feared dead following a midair collision between a plane and a helicopter in the English county of Buckinghamshire.

"We can confirm that neither of the aircraft concerned has a connection with either our air force nor the military, and this is as much as we know at this time".

A Thames Valley Police statement confirmed: "Thames Valley Police is now at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury".

The collision is understood to have happened near Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, shortly after 12noon today.

In May, a man was left fighting for his life after the helicopter he was travelling in with two other men crashed at the site.

She said she could not give any details of the identity or the genders of the victims at this stage and her "first priority" at this stage was the next of kin.

Meanwhile seven fire appliances attended the scene - including fire engines and search and rescue vehicles.

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A statement on Twitter read: "Firefighters now assisting other emergency services at scene of air accident near Waddesdon".

Air crash investigators were called to the crash site, which usually only happens for light aircraft incidents when fatalities have occurred.

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".

"Disruption to road network around Waddesdon likely for the rest of the day".

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

No one on the estate was harmed and the Manor will be open as usual tomorrow.