Two killed in air race collision on Isle of Wight


Two people have been killed in a collision between two light aircraft during an air race on the Isle of Wight.

The aircraft collided as 19 planes were taking part in the Schneider Trophy races at Bembridge Airport.

One aircraft came down in remote woodlands in the Havenstreet area. Both occupants were killed. The other plane was badly damaged but managed to land.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Hampshire police are investigating.

The crash happened just after 1700 BST.

Police said they were working to identify the victims.

Vintage aircraft

Officers are due to stay at the scene overnight.

Insp Paul Saville urged anyone who saw the crash to contact officers.

"I would also ask that anyone who has recovered parts of the aircraft, which may be spread over a wide area, take them to Newport police station," he said.

One of the two occupants of the other aircraft was taken to hospital.

The Schneider Trophy includes light and vintage aircraft.

Tim Wassell, chairman of the Royal Aero Club Racing and Rally Association, organisers of the Schneider Trophy, said the crash happened at the end of the Merlin Trophy race, a precursor to Sunday's main Schneider Trophy, which has now been cancelled.

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