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Two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR killing 4 people near Melbourne, Australia

4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia

19.2.2020

An unexpected plane crash in Australia has left four people dead after a mid-air collision in Mangalore north of Melbourne, destroying both aircraft.

As reported by local media reported that none of the victims has been identified, while police confirmed two people in each craft were killed in the accident, which took place near an ammunition depot in Mangalore, classified a “defense force explosives zone.”

A second aircraft has been found in Avenel, near Seymour. Emergency crews are responding.

“We still can’t confirm who the occupants of the aircraft were, but from our understanding the one that left Mangalore was a training aircraft, so it’ll have an instructor and a trainee on board,” Victoria Police Inspector Peter Koger told a local media outlet, adding “We can’t confirm who the other one was.”

A plane has crashed in a paddock near Seymour, with at least one person on board. The crash site is not far from the flight training school at Mangalore.

The condition of the pilot is unknown. Firetrucks, ambulances, SES and police are on scene.

One of the planes involved was a Piper-Seminole aircraft operated by the Moorabbin Aviation Services flight school located in Melbourne, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) confirmed to a local media outlet. The second plane was a Beechcraft Travel Air, a two-engine craft.

Police are on the investigation of the crash and Koger noted that both crafts were legal and had permission to fly.

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