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Buckinghamshire air crash: Four people killed after helicopter and aircraft collide mid-air near Waddesdon

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Sejal Karia

Police will this morning resume the hunt for clues following a mid-air collision which killed four people, when a helicopter and a two-seater plane collided mid-air in Buckinghamshire.

Police have yet to release any details of the victims, saying their priority was finding and informing the next-of-kin.

Emergency services were called to the scene near the village of Waddesdon, which is home to Waddesdon Manor, shortly after midday on Friday.

There were two people on board both aircraft, Superintendent Rebecca Mears of Thames Valley Police said.

She said she could not give any details of the identity of the victims at this stage and her "first priority" at this stage was notifying the next of kin.

The crash happened near the village of Waddesdon.

Air crash investigators are also at the scene.

Road closures in the area were lifted on Friday afternoon, but officers warned there would be disruption to surrounding routes for the rest of the day. Investigations on the site are expected to continue until Monday.

Some of the wreckage was visible in woodland.

A spokeswoman for Waddesdon Manor, a large estate near Aylesbury, said the crash had not happened on its grounds.

Waddesdon is home to Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury. Credit: PA

Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957.

RAF Halton, which is around 10 miles away, said no military aircraft had been involved.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm that neither of the aircraft concerned has a connection with either our air force nor the military, and this is as much as we know at this time."