Thames Valley Police tonight at 19:30hrs confirmed during a news conference, that four people died in the Buckinghamshire mid-air collision at Noon today (12:07pm) between a 2-seater Cessna 152 and a twin seater helicopter.
Two persons perished in each aircraft. Police will not release details, until the next-of-kin are located, informed, and supported by specialist officers.
The grim news, now turns this from 'a rescue to a recovery' operation. There is now expected to be a 'fingertip search' of the surrounding woodland, in order to recover debris.
Police working to an AAIB matrix, expect to resume operations at daybreak, and continue over the weekend and possibly Monday.
Once the debris has been recovered and recorded, the two aircraft will be reconstructed in a secure hanger using a scaffolding support framework in order to determine the precise cause of the accident.
Small light aircraft do not usually have accident 'black box' data and voice recorders, usually made available to investigators following accidents to assist in any subsequent investigation.
The AAIB* has sent a team to Waddeson Hill, nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Air Accidents Investigation Branch*
Waddesdon is a village within the Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England, 6 miles from Aylesbury on the A41 road. The centre of a civil parish, includes the hamlets of Eythrope, Wormstone and Woodham.
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