Two British men have died and another is injured after two planes collided mid-air and crashed over the South of France.
The tragic accident took place at around 12.45pm today July 24th over the high mountain Maddalena Pass, on the Alpine border with Italy.
Photos from the scene show the mangled wreckage of one of the planes that landed in a wood.
An investigating source said: “There were two British citizens on board, one aged 18 and the other 37. The pilot of the second aircraft was also British and managed to land nearby, and is still alive.”
The source said that the surviving pilot was said to be “in good health, and not badly injured at all”.
The source added that the crash scene was at 2775m altitude.
Both planes, which were registered in England, had taken off from the Barcelonnette / Saint-Pons aerodrome nearby.
Shortly after the crsh, rescue helicopters immediately responded to the scene, along with firefighters and police units.
The crashed plane, in which two people died, was identified locally as one belonging to Purple Aviation, a British company based at Eashott Airfield in Northumberland.
Officials reacted to the crash in a statement that reads:
Today, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, two recreational aircraft registered in England that took off from the airfield of Saint-Pons crashed in the valley near Larche, at a place called Pre-la-Font, at south of the head of Viraysse, with one person on board the first aircraft and two people on board the second.
The pilot of the first plane is slightly injured.
The two people in the second plane died. The victims are two British men, aged 18 and 37 years old.
The resources of the SDIS and the PGHM are mobilized, including a helicopter from the gendarmerie, 3 ambulances, 1 road rescue vehicle, 1 doctor-nurse vehicle, 1 command vehicle, 4 gendarmes, and 22 firefighters.
The services of the prefecture remain fully mobilized on the consequences of the intervention.