At least five ‘including a child’ killed in Majorca helicopter crash

At least five people ‘including a child’ are killed in a crash between a helicopter and a light aircraft on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca

  • Collision occurred just after 1.30pm local time near Inca centre of the island 
  • The number of fatalities is now understood to have risen to five
  • One of the dead has been described as a child

At least five people are reported to have died after a crash between a helicopter and light aircraft in Majorca.

The collision occurred just after 1.30pm local time near Inca in the centre of the island.

Three people were confirmed as dead shortly after the incident but the number of fatalities is now understood to have risen to five.

One of the dead has been described as a child. 

A photo showing debris after a plane and a helicopter collided in fight over the village of Inca, Majorca island

Although a helicopter and small aeroplane are said to have been conflicted, one conflicting report is pointing towards the collision being between a light aircraft and a microlight, not a chopper.

The collision caused a blaze which firefighters have been tackling.

It is said to have occurred at below 1,000 feet from the ground.

There are also reports of several people injured. It is not yet clear if there have been any casualties on the ground.

Debris after a plane and a helicopter collided in fight over the village of Inca, Majorca island, eastern Spain, 25 August 2019

The two occupants of the helicopter and the three people on board of the airplane died in the accident

Local reports say Police of Inca reported that the aircraft have fallen onto a farm, on the road from Sencelles to Sineu in the centre of the island, 30 minutes drive from the Island’s capital, Palma.

Emergency crews continue to work with fears the number of fatalities may rise. 

Balearic islands president Francina Armengol said: ‘We are following with worry and commotion the air accident that has occurred in Inca.

‘The emergency teams are working right now at the scene. Our thoughts are with the victims.’

Two of the dead are said to have been travelling in the light aircraft and the other three in the helicopter.

One local report described the trio as a couple and a child.

The nationalities of the dead are not yet known.

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