5 killed as two aircrafts collide in mid-air
Published: 11:19 AM, 11 October 2020
Five people were killed as two small planes have collided in mid-air before crashing in western-central France.
The collision between two light aircraft took place in the skies above Loches, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Tours, southeast of Paris at about 16:30 local time (15:30 BST) on Saturday.
Emergency crew, including about 50 firefighters, were called to the scene. They cordoned off the crash sites.
No-one else was harmed when the planes came down.
The smaller aircraft, a microlight carrying two people, landed on a fence around a house in the town of Loches. A witness told AFP news agency it burst into flames after landing on the house's electricity meter.
The larger plane, a Diamond DA40, landed more than a 100m (328ft) away in an uninhabited area. It had three tourists on board.
"All five people involved died," local government official Nadia Seghier told AFP.
"Air emergency staff from Lyon were brought in at first to track down the plane, which was quickly found."
Local police have launched an investigation into the incident.