Four die as aircraft and helicopter crash over Buckinghamshire

Four people have died after an aircraft and a helicopter crashed in mid-air over Buckinghamshire in Britain. Two people were killed in each aircraft, Thames Valley Police said.

Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they have launched a joint investigation to establish the cause of the collision just after midday at Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury.A Wycombe Air Park spokesman said both aircraft came from the airfield.

Supt Rebecca Mears, from Thames Valley Police, said she could not give any details of the identity or the genders of the victims at this stage and her “first priority” was the next of kin.She said it was “too early to tell” what might have caused the crash.

The AAIB said the plane involved was a Cessna.Emergency services were called to Upper Winchendon, close to Waddesdon Manor, at 12:06 GMT.

There were a number of road closures following the crash but they have since been lifted.Seven fire vehicles from Aylesbury, Haddenham, Oxfordshire and Berkshire went sent to the scene.

A spokesman for Bucks Fire and Rescue Service said 30 members of staff in fire engines and urban search and rescue vehicles attended.He added: “I understand it is in a wooded area near the manor.”

The Thames Valley air ambulance, two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were also sent to the scene.

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