France plane crash: Five people killed in mid-air crash after two planes collide

France plane crash: Five people killed in mid-air crash after two planes collide
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  • Updated: 11 Oct 2020, 0:59

FIVE people have died in a mid-air crash after two planes collided in France yesterday.

An ultralight two-person plane crashed into another tourist plane in Loches, Indre-et-Loire at 4.45pm local time.

6Five people have died in a plane crash in France Credit: @Mediavenir/twitter
6French gendarmes work next to the site where the ULM crashed in LochesCredit: AFP or licensors
6An ultralight two-person plane crashed into another tourist plane in Loches, Indre-et-Loire at 4.45pm local timeCredit: AFP or licensors
6Firemen are seen at the site of the crashCredit: AFP or licensors

According to reports, two people in the ultralight aircraft and three people in the tourist plane have died.

The tourist plane, a DA40 type aircraft, had taken off from Poitiers, which lies 100km from Loches.

The flightpath of where the ULM departed is not currently known.

The fatal collision happened in the air over the entrance to the city on the Châteauroux side.

Nadia Seghier, the secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, said that the small aircraft fell near the city centre, "on the fence of a house in Loches, France Bleu reports.

She told AFP that the small aircraft crashed "several hundred meters away in an uninhabited area".

Ms Seghier added: "(The microlight) landed on the fence around a house without harming anyone else, (the DA40) several hundred metres away in an uninhabited area.

"All five people involved died."

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No one on the ground has been injured.

Some 50 firefighters and 30 gendarmes were scrambled to the scene – while other pictures show emergency vehicles and other cars backed up on a suburban road.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the mid-air collision.

6Shocked onlookers are seen at the police perimeterCredit: AFP or licensors
6Some 50 firefighters and 30 gendarmes were scrambled to the sceneCredit: AFP or licensors

 

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