‘Five people killed’ in mid-air crash involving two planes in Loches, Indre-et-Loire France
Five people have died after two tourist aircraft collided in mid-air in France on Saturday afternoon.
A ULM (ultralight two-person plane) crashed into a tourist plane in Loches, Indre-et-Loire at around 4.45pm local time.
Reports claim the two people in the ULM and three passengers in the tourist plane have died.
The tourist plane had taken off from the city of Poitiers, located about 100km from Loches.
The flightpath of the ULM remains unknown at this time.
The fatal collision happened in the air over the entrance to the small city, on the Châteauroux side.
According to Nadia Seghier, the secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, the small ULM fell near the city centre, “on the fence of a house in Loches, France Bleu reports.
The tourist plane, a DA40 type aircraft, crashed “several hundred meters away in an uninhabited area”, not far from the water tower.
No one on the ground were injured.
About fifty firefighters and thirty gendarmes were scrambled to the scene, as well as a number of aviation specialists.
Photos show emergency vehicles and other cars backed up on a road while a perimeter has been set up by police to keep other motorists and pedestrians away.
Nadia Seghier, secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, told French media that the two aircraft landed some distance from one another.
“A small ULM carrying two people and a DA40-type tourist plane carrying three people telescoped around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the first landing on the fence of a house in Loches, without causing any additional victims, the second at several hundred metres in an uninhabited area,” she told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
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