A teenage aspiring pilot and his instructor were killed when a flight school plane collided with a helicopter carrying another instructor and student near Buckinghamshire, England.
An 18-year-old student pilot and his instructor were killed when their two-seat Cessna 152 collided with a helicopter above Buckinghamshire County outside of London. The pilot of the helicopter and his student also died in the crash on Friday.
According to the Guardian, both of the aircraft involved in the accident were based at nearby Wycombe Air Park (HYC). The newspaper reports that the airport was temporarily operating without air traffic control (ATC) services at the time of the midair crash due to “staff shortages.”
Eyewitnesses say that both of the aircraft virtually disintegrated as a result of the violent collision. “You wouldn’t have recognized the plane as anything,” Len Bellis, a gardener who works near the crash site told reporters. “It was nonexistent.”
Those killed in the tragedy include air transport and commercial pilot student, Saavan Mundae along with the pilot of the helicopter, Captain Mike Green. The identities of the flight instructor in the Cessna and the student in the helicopter have not yet been released.
“I lost two close friends in a tragic air accident in High Wycombe,” fellow Bucks New University student-pilot Benjamin Hant told the Telegraph. “One of my fellow pilots and my flying instructor lost their lives. These two amazing people lost their lives but they both died doing what they love and what they believe in. My heart goes out to the four families of the people who died.”
HYC-based Helicopter Services confirmed this week on social media that Captain Green was also interacting with a student at the time of his death.
“Mike was conducting a flight instructor course and was with a student at the time of the incident,” the company said in a Facebook post. “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 honor to work with you. Captain Green, you will be greatly missed.”
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