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4 dead after two planes collide mid-air

Police are investigating an incident where four people perished after the planes they were boarding collided mid-air near Victorian airport in Mangalore, Australia.

According to the police the two light crafts collided before crashing on the ground.

“One plane almost certainly crashed immediately while the other one crashed about 2 km north from here. The two were extensively damaged prior to colliding with the ground,” said Mitchel local area commander inspector Peter Koger.

Emergency services were called to separate the crash scenes near at around 11.30 am on Wednesday, February 19.

The four who lost their lives are yet to be formally identified.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said that one of the planes was privately owned Beech Travel Air registered to Tyabb and a twin-engined Piper Seminole registered to Moorabbin Aviation services on a training flight.

The Piper Seminole had taken off from Mangalore Airport a few minutes earlier while the Beechcraft Travel Air had flown from the morning Peninsular.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau(ATSB) said it will interview witnesses and examine the wreckage.

Peninsular club aero president Jack Vevers said that the two planes were on training flights.

“It’s devastating, they are dear people to us, they’re friends they’re colleagues. We are all as a community devastated by this news,” he said.

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