A helicopter and plane have crashed mid-air in Buckinghamshire killing everyone on-board. All three people involved in the crash are feared dead following the incident, after police said that crash investigators are being sent to the scene, but the priority is being placed on saving lives. Seven fire crews have rushed to the scene following the crash, which occurred in Waddesdon.
After the mid-air collision, the wreck of each aircraft plunged from the sky and crashed near the grounds of Waddesdon Manor. The wreckage of the two aircraft was believed to be scattered over a wide area and the fire service have sent up a drone to assess the scene and the number of casualties to direct paramedics to help the injured.
A spokesman for Waddesdon Manor said its staff were assisting the emergency services by directing them to the scene but that the crash had not affected the National Trust property. Both aircraft involved in the mid-air collision came from Wycombe Air Park, near High Wycombe, a spokesman confirmed. A spokesman for the airstrip, near High Wycombe, said: ‘Wycombe Air Park can confirm that at 12 o’clock local today we were informed of an incident north-west of Aylesbury involving two aircraft from Wycombe Air Park.’
A helicopter and plane have crashed in mid-air in Buckinghamshire (Picture: @misshoknews) Both aircrafts involved came from Wycombe Air Park (Picture: Tom Bamford) (Picture: Google/Metro)
The spokesman said: ‘It is a busy time of the year and the road network around here is limited. Our staff are assisting the emergency services get to the site which is on the wider estate and not that of the National Trust.’ The helicopter involved in the collision above the Waddesdon Estate, was part of the fleet belonging to Heli Air.
Police, who were called at 12.06pm, erected a cordon around the immediate area. A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘Officers are currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury. ‘The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and staff are en-route to the scene.
Fire and ambulance services are also in attendance and preservation of life is first priority. ‘In consequence of this incident it is expected that there will be some disruption to the road network around Waddesdon for the rest of the day.’ The air accident wreckage crashed near the grounds of Waddesdon Manor
(Picture: Peter Goddard) An aerial photograph of Wycombe Air Park, also known as Booker Airfield, where both aircrafts took off (Picture: Getty) A spokeswoman for Waddesdon Manor, a large estate near Aylesbury, said the crash had not happened on its grounds, but nearby. While Bucks and MK Fire service said: ‘Firefighters currently assisting other emergency services at scene of air accident near Waddesdon.
‘Air Accidents Investigation Branch informed. ‘Disruption to road network around Waddesdon likely for the rest of the day.’ The Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed that emergency services are at the scene of a mid-air collision involving an aircraft and a helicopter near Aylesbury.
Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. The estate comprises of 6,000 acres of land and is managed by a team of farmers, tenant farmers and foresters. Waddesdon was purchased in 1874 with the Rothschild family managing the land, allowing the Forestry Commission to run schemes to maintain the forest.
Lord Rothschild and his daughter Beth have recreated major features such as the Millenium Avenue of trees linking the Manor with Upper Winchendon. The latest project commenced in 2012 with the creation of a 60-acre Diamond Jubilee Wood which will include ponds, diverse habitats and a wood for generations to come.
Access to the countryside is supported on an informal basis through the network of Public Rights of Way across the estate. We also host organised events, such as fundraising horse rides for charities, or farm walks for groups including inner city school children or specialist farmers.