Waddesdon air crash: Families visit wreckage site

Lester Mason
November 19, 2017

A helicopter pilot killed in a mid-air collision in Buckinghamshire on Friday has been named as Capt Mike Green, according to the Press Association.

Former colleague Capt Phil Croucher said: "He was probably the most well-respected instructor in the country".

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending a team to the site of the accident, which is in dense woodland.

Emergency services were called to the scene near the village of Waddesdon, which is home to Waddesdon Manor, an estate managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust.

Sources said that it was believed there were multiple casualties, believed to be fatalities. We were both in the Army, we worked together.

The controller said the helicopter had been flying a straight path and the aircraft was descending, meaning pilot would have been unable to see due to "blind spots" below and behind.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said fire and ambulance services are at the scene near Aylesbury and saving lives is first priority.

Witnesses told the Mail Online they heard a big bang, adding: "My mother said a man, who I think was someone who had been out walking nearby, then went running up to the manor to say there had been a crash".

The collision occurred at 12.06pm on Friday.

Mr Green was a senior instructor with Helicopter Services, based at the airfield.

A spokesman for the company, which offers training flights and gift experiences, declined to comment.

He will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. Both aircraft involved, which were flying at low altitude, had taken off from Wycombe Air Park, about 25 km to the south east of the estate.

It had flown nearly 14,000 hours as of May and had previously suffered substantial damage to its landing gear, propeller and engine following a crash at a Cornish airfield in 1993.

Investigations at the scene are expected to continue through the weekend and into Monday as detectives work out what happened in mid-air to cause the collision.

Fire investigators and police remained at the scene, with a cordon in place.

Fire investigators and police were also at the site.

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