August 18, 2008 / 11:17 AM / 12 years ago

Probe launched into aircraft collision

A map shows the two planes, a Cessna 402 and a small single-engined aircraft, which collided near Coventry on August 17, 2008. REUTERS/Graphics

LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators launched a probe on Monday into a mid-air collision between two light aircraft which killed five people.

The two planes, a Cessna 402 and a small single-engined aircraft, collided near Coventry on Sunday.

One aircraft came down in Brandon Woods, killing four people at the scene, while a second crashed about a mile away in farmland between Brinklow and Coventry, leaving the single occupant dead.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is leading the probe into what happened, while emergency services backed by the RAF, work to recover the bodies and wreckage from the scene.

The process is expected to take some time as the Cessna plane came to rest in thick woodland.

Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee of Warwickshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and it appeared to be a tragic accident.

The planes came down at about 11:30 a.m. near Coombe Abbey hotel, though the building was undamaged.

Debris from the Cessna 407, which was carrying the four people, and the other light aircraft stretched across several miles.

The BBC reported those aboard the Cessna worked for a specialist survey company, Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd (RVL).

Reporting by Michael Holden

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