Man killed as aircraft collide
Rob Hastings is Deputy News Editor at The Independent. He has served on the news desk since 2010, and also writes travel articles, music reviews and features. In 2015 he shortlisted for the Washington Post’s Laurence Stern Fellowship for a series on reportage features from Iran.
Monday 19 December 2011
One man died and two other people were treated for minor injuries after two light aircraft collided near an airport in the Midlands yesterday.
Leicestershire Police said the planes came to ground in the Great Stretton area of Leicestershire shortly after 2pm. The pilot of one aircraft died at the scene of the incident, while two men travelling in the other plane received minor injuries. It is thought the planes collided in mid-air and the incident will now be the subject of an inquiry by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
Police are seeking witnesses to the crash, which involved a red aircraft which had just taken off from Leicester Airport and a yellow biplane which was due to land at the aerodrome after taking off in the Nottingham area.
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