Pilot Killed In Light Aircraft Collision

December 18th, 201111:29 pm @


Pilot Killed In Light Aircraft Collision

A man has been killed in an apparent mid-air collision between two light aircraft in Leicestershire.

After hitting each other, the two planes landed near Gartree Road in Great Stretton, close to Leicester Airport, police said.

One of the aircraft was carrying one person, who died at the scene, and the second aircraft had two men onboard who both received minor injuries.

Sky’s David Crabtree, reporting from Great Stretton, said: “Air accident experts are on the scene trying to figure out what happened.”

Detective Inspector Rob Widdowson, who is overseeing the investigation for Leicestershire police said: “We would urge anyone who was in the area before 2pm to think back and contact us if they believe they may have seen either aircraft beforehand.

“Even the slightest detail could help with our inquiries.

“We are in the process of preparing a file for the coroner and the identification of the deceased will be a matter for the coroner.”

The area where the planes landed was closed off to allow emergency services access to the scene.

The road is expected to remain closed overnight and motorists are being advised to seek an alternative route.

Map showing Leicester Airport and Great Stretton

The planes landed on Gartree Road after the collision.

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