A small ULM carrying two people collided with a DA40 tourist plane with three people on board.
“(The ULM) landed on the fence around a house without harming anyone, (the DA40) several hundred yards away in an uninhabited area,” Seghier said. “All five people involved are dead.
“The staff of the air emergencies of Lyon were brought in initially to find the plane, which was quickly found”, indicated the prefecture.
Grégoire Dulin, a prosecutor from nearby Tours, told AFP that there was “little reliable information” on those involved. “We can think that five people died, but it is not entirely certain, there are at least two of them for sure” said to me.
About fifty firefighters were arrested while around thirty gendarmes set up road detours around the scene of the crash.
A witness told AFP that the crash area was completely blocked off and residents were urged to stay at home.
No details on the identity of the victims or the causes of the collision have so far been disclosed. The Loches police have resumed the investigation of the accident.
Collisions between microlights and other aircraft are rare, although an accident in August 2019 between a microlight and a helicopter over the Spanish island of Mallorca left seven dead including two minors.