Plane and Helicopter Collide in Mid-Air in UK, Casualties Feared

Plane and Helicopter Collide in Mid-Air in UK, Casualties Feared

Air safety authorities in the United Kingdom said Friday that a helicopter and an aircraft had been involved in a midair collision northwest of London.

Emergency services were called to the scene close to the village of Waddesdon at 12.06pm, Thames Valley police said.

"We are aware of a number of casualties following an incident this afternoon in Waddesdon, Aylesbury.Fire and ambulance services are also in attendance and preservation of life is first priority", a spokesperson said.

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

Police at the scene of a mid-air crash near Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire.

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

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it was assisting in the investigation, revealing that the plane involved was a light Cessna. Two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were deployed, the South Central Ambulance Service said. Staff at the manor are understood to have assisted at the scene of the crash.

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.

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.

Fire services also on social media: "Firefighters are now assisting other emergency services at scene of air accident near Waddesdon".

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

The crash occurred about 20 miles from the airfield.

Roger Nock, a pilot, tweeted: "Was flying near Aylesbury earlier".