Two men have died following a light aircraft crash at an airfield.
The pilot, in his 60s, and his passenger, in his 50s, suffered fatal injuries at Enstone Airfield in Oxfordshire last night.
Thames Valley Police said they were called to reports of a microlight crash at around 7.20pm. Both victims' next of kin have been told, but their identities have not been disclosed.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been told about the incident and officials will be carrying out an investigation.
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Police say it is a "serious blessing" that more people were not killed in the 40-car pile-up on the M40.
One person was declared dead at the scene following the crash near Oxfordshire in foggy conditions this morning.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, head of Thames Valley Police's roads police team, said the crash was an "extraordinary" and unusual accident.
"It is a horrible scene and ultimately one person has lost their life and several are seriously injured as a result. It is awful, whatever way you dress it up," he said at the crash scene.
The scale of the damage after a 40-car pile up on the M40 has been seen in an aerial picture released by police.
M40 nbound road closure still in place J9-10, pls avoid area, and pls do not drive in hard shoulder. http://t.co/pZMb3n2Vnp
Police say around 40 vehicles have been involved in a fatal crash on the M40.
Earlier reports suggested 30 vehicles were caught up in the pile-up.
Thames Valley Police confirmed that one person had died at the scene and another had sustained life-threatening injuries.
Around 35 to 45 people had suffered minor injuries, the force added.
Thames Valley Police is continuing to deal with a collision involving approximately 40 vehicles on the M40 motorway.
One person sadly died at the scene, one person sustained life-threatening injuries, six people were seriously injured and approximately 35 to 45 people have minor injuries.
Football clubs are advising fans to plan their routes carefully ahead of today's fixtures. There are reportedly severe delays on the M5 and closures on the M1 and M40.
Motorists stuck in traffic after a fatal pile-up on the M40 have been tweeting pictures from the scene.
Thames Valley Police have warned drivers to expect major delays.
Eventful journey to London so far... stuck in traffic now, but past a swan sat in M40 lane one/two a few miles back! http://t.co/kKKqSRwZBW
Motorists have been warned to avoid the M40 after a fatal crash involving 30 vehicles.
Thames Valley Roads Policing said junction nine northbound would be closed for "a number of hours".
M40 Northbound J9will be closed for a number of hours following a fatal collision. Officers are working to relieve the traffic stuck n/bound
Sections of two major motorways have been closed after major collisions. The affected areas are:
- M1 northbound between junctions 12 and 13
- M40 northbound between junctions 9 and 10