Four people have died after a helicopter and a Cessna light aircraft crashed in mid-air over Buckinghamshire. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it was investigating a “mid-air collision involving an aircraft and a helicopter near Aylesbury” as police threw up a wide cordon around woods near Waddesdon.
Captain Mike Green died alongside his young student when their helicopter collided with the aircraft and crashed in woodland near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire on Friday. Mr Green was a senior instructor with Helicopter Services, a firm which offers training flights and gift experiences from its base at Wycombe Air Park.
The company said on Facebook: “We are devastated to confirm that Captain Mike Green was involved in the mid-air collision which occurred yesterday.”
“Mike was conducting a flight instructor course and was with a student at the time of the incident. Both pilots lost their lives.”
“We have received many messages of support and kind words about our friend who, as a senior instructor and examiner, helped and mentored so many pilots throughout the industry during his distinguished career.”
“It was an honour to work with you. Captain Green, you will be greatly missed.”
Mitch Missen, an off-duty firefighter, witnessed the crash from his garden.
He said: "I looked up and saw as both collided in mid-air, followed by a large bang and falling debris. I rushed in to get my car keys and en route called the emergency services, who I continued to give updates as to its whereabouts. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to locate the actual crash site but directed police, fire and ambulance as best I could. Once they were on the scene, I returned home."
There were a number of road closures following the crash but they have since been lifted. Seven fire vehicles from Aylesbury, Haddenham, Oxfordshire and Berkshire were sent to the scene. A spokesman for Bucks Fire and Rescue Service said 30 members of staff in fire engines and urban search and rescue vehicles attended.