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Helicopter and plane crash mid-air in Waddesdon

Air crash waddesdon

2:06pm 17th November 2017
(Updated 11:34am 20th November 2017)

Four people have died after a plane and helicopter have crashed mid-air near Waddesdon.

Thames Valley Police were called just after midday to the incident in woodland at Upper Winchendon.

They have now confirmed that four people have died at the scene.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears, said:

“Officers are in the process of working to locate and support their next of kin. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the AAIB, has been informed and their staff have been on the scene.

“These are the early stages of the investigation however Thames Valley Police will continue to work closely with investigators as they establish the circumstances.”

The light aircraft involved is thought to be a two-seater Cessna while the helicopter is also thought to be a two-seater.

Here are the latest updates:


Thames Valley Police say thank you to the support teams for helping:


Police confirm four deaths:

Shortly after midday Thames Valley Police received a report of an air accident.

Officers and members of the other emergency services including the fire and ambulance services attended the scene. A light aircraft and a helicopter were located in woodland at Upper Winchendon. We can now sadly confirm that four people have died at the scene.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears, said:

“Officers are in the process of working to locate and support their next of kin. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the AAIB, has been informed and their staff have been on the scene.

“These are the early stages of the investigation however Thames Valley Police will continue to work closely with investigators as they establish the circumstances.”


Police say four people have been confirmed dead after the crash. 

They are working to inform next of kin and support their families. 


Statement from Waddesdon's MP (and Speaker of the House of Commons) John Bercow: 

“The air collision near Waddesdon is clearly extremely serious and I express my thanks to the emergency services for responding so quickly.

“Naturally, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will need to look at this collision but – in the meantime – my thoughts are very much with those involved in the incident, and their friends and families.”


It's reported that Waddesdon Hill is closed by Police as they start to try and clear the site.

Although it's not official, that what callers to the Mix96 jamline have told us.


While there are no reports of the number of casualties, it is believed the plane involved in the crash is believed to be a Cessna 152.

It's a light aircraft which can take one pilot and a passenger.


Here is flight data from a plane that took off from High Wycombe today. 

It shows the aircraft dropped 1,000 feet in 45 seconds.

There's no confirmation that this is the plane involved though:

waddesdon crash flight data


Our colleagues at Sky News have managed to get video footage of the scene:



Here's the tweet from Police:



Police update:

They've confirmed that there are casualties.

They've also confirmed that road closures put in place have now been lifted.


Fire Engine leaves the scene:


South Central Ambulance Service say there "have a been a number of casualties at the scene"


Waddesdon Manor confirm that while it happened nearby, it was not at the Manor and no visitors were harmed.


Police at the scene:


More pictures from the scene:

Waddesdon air crash scene


It has been confirmed that both the helicopter and light aircraft came from Wycombe Airfield


UPDATE: Helicopter circles over the scene of the crash


Footage from the scene: 


No updates yet on casualities.

There are reports that staff at Waddesdon Manor were directing emergency services to the site


Thames Valley Police confirm they are on the scene:

Thames Valley Police is currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury.

The force is coordinating the response to the incident which was reported at 12.06pm today (17/11).

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and staff are en route to the scene. Fire and ambulance services are also in attendance and preservation of life is first priority.

In consequence of this incident it is expected that there will be some disruption to the road network around Waddeson for the rest of the day.


Here's the full statement from Bucks Fire and Rescue:

Firefighters are assisting the other emergency services following a mid-air collision between a light aircraft and a helicopter near Waddesdon.

Three appliances and crews from Aylesbury, one from Haddenham, two from Oxfordshire, one from Berkshire and six officers are attending.


The Air Accident Investigation branch have sent a team to investigate the collision, which they say is between a helicopter and a plane.

It hasn't closed the A41 as reported earlier, but local roads are closed. 

It's believed to happened in the Upper Winchendon area.


Bucks Fire are at the scene alongside other emergency services:


The Air Accident Investigation Branch have confirmed a mid-air crash between a plane and a helicopter near Waddesdon:

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