Four people are dead after two planes collided mid-air before crashing into a paddock north of Melbourne this morning.
The two planes collided at about 4000ft above sea level, at the popular recreational flying spot of Mangalore, before crashing to the ground.
“Two occupants in each aircraft have died at the scenes,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
All four people, whose bodies were found among the wreckage, are yet to be formally identified.
It is understood one man aged in his 30s and another in his 40s were on one of the planes, a privately-owned Beechcraft Travel Air D95A operated by the Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb.
The two men were qualified as instructors and were conducting a training flight, Peninsula Aero Club president Jack Vevers said.
“One plane almost certainly crashed immediately and the other plane crashed about two kilometres north from here and both were extensively damaged prior to colliding with the ground,” Mitchell local area commander Inspector Peter Koger told reporters.
Victoria Police confirmed that one aircraft was a training flight with both an instructor and a trainee on board.
“It is a big tragedy for both families, I know it is a training flight, it is very upsetting for everyone including emergency services who have attended this scene today,” Inspector Koger said.
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Inspector Koger said there were witnesses to the planes colliding and one of the aircraft coming down.
“There were some people in the paddocks at the back of this facility and there was also a helicopter in the air and we’re working with them to get witness statements,” he said.
Police and paramedics responded to reports of the light plane crash, 120km north of Melbourne, at about 11:30am.
The crash site is about seven kilometres south of Mangalore’s busy airport, where there is a major aviation-training facility and pilot academy.😢😭This is bad.
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