A two-seater microlight aircraft carrying two people crashed in mid-air with a tourist plane with three passengers onboard on Saturday afternoon in central France. The shocking incident took place at around 4.30pm in the town of Loches, Indre-et-Loire. One aircraft is understood to have landed close to a house in the region, but there are no reports of any injuries on the ground.
Nadia Seghier, a local government official said one aircraft “landed on the fence around a house without harming anyone else”.
Mr Seghier said the other plane involved landed “several hundred metres away in an uninhabited area.”
He added: “All five people involved died.”
Pictures show emergency services lining the middle of a road near of one of the crash sites.
Around 50 firefighters have been deployed to the scene along with around military and police officers to cordon off the surrounding areas.
The collision is understood to have taken place on the Châteauroux side of the town – the capital of the Indre department.
The tourist plane had taken off from the city of Poitiers, located around 62 miles (100lm) from Loches.
The flightpath of the ultralight two-person plane remains unclear.
An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Loches gendarmerie brigade.
The identities of the victims remains unknown.
This is a developing news story, more to follow.