Helicopter and aircraft collision in mid-air results in 'number of casualties'

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire near to where a helicopter and a small plane collided in mid-air

Firefighters now assisting other emergency services at scene of a reported crash between an aircraft and a helicopter at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.

A mid-air collision between a helicopter and an aircraft in the United Kingdom has resulted in a "number of casualties".

Both aircraft came from Wycombe Air Park, also known as Booker Airfield, near High Wycombe, which offers flight training.

They were joined in the dense woodland by paramedics, firefighters and Thames Valley Police, who said the first priority was "preservation of life".

A spokeswoman for Waddesdon Manor, a large estate near Aylesbury, said the crash had not happened on its grounds.

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SEVERAL people are feared dead after a plane and helicopter collided in mid-air near a Buckinghamshire manor house this afternoon.

Fire and ambulance services rushed to the scene at 12:06 p.m. GMT (7:06 a.m. EST) near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

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.

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

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

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Emergency services are now at the scene near the village of Waddesdon, which is home to Waddesdon Manor.

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

The AAIB has sent a team to investigate the crash.

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

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