Training Aircraft Collide, Four Dead


Three Britons and a man from Vietnam were killed in the midair collision of a small helicopter and a Cessna 152 on Friday. Authorities haven’t officially released any names but well-known helicopter instructor Capt. Mike Green was with a student aboard the Guimbal Cabri training helicopter when it and the 152 collided in Buckinghamshire. Both aircraft were based at separate training schools at Wycombe airstrip, about 20 miles from the crash site.

Few details have been released about the mishap but the helicopter was owned by Helicopter Services, which provides training and sightseeing flights. The 152 was owned by Airways Aero Associations, which operates Booker Aviation, a flight school and flying club at the field. Green was a former military pilot in his 60s who was revered by the local flying community. “It’s a sad loss,” friend and fellow instructor Phil Croucher told the Press Association. “We have lost somebody with a vast amount of experience that could have been passed on to younger people, apart from him being a nice guy generally.”