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Four dead following mid-air collision involving aircraft and helicopter at Waddesdon

| November 17, 2017

A fatal mid air collision involving a light aircraft and a helicopter occurred at Waddesdon, near Aylesbury.

The collision occurred shortly after midday on Friday 17th November 2017 over woodland at Upper Winchendon. Four people are confirmed to have died as a result of the collision.

Both aircraft came from Wycombe Air Park in Booker, High Wycombe. One of the planes is believed to be a Cessna light aircraft. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have sent a team to investigate the cause of the collision.

Emergency services were called to the incident at 12.04pm. Thames Valley Police, the South Central Ambulance Service and the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene.

Road closures were put in place while the emergency services dealt with the incident however all roads have since re-opened.

Three fire appliances with crews and two Urban Search and Rescue vehicles attended from Aylesbury fire station. One fire appliance with crew attended from Haddenham fire station as well as two fire appliances with crews from Oxfordshire and one from Berkshire. Seven officers also attended. A Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service drone was used by the firefighters at the scene.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears of Thames Valley Police said: ‘Officers are in the process of working to locate and support their next of kin. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the AAIB, has been informed and their staff have been on the scene.

These are the early stages of the investigation however Thames Valley Police will continue to work closely with investigators as they establish the circumstances.

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