Four Killed After Helicopter And Airplane Collide In UK, Including Well Respected UK Instructor Captain Mike Green
November 19, 2017 – Little is known about the tragic accident that claimed the lives of four people in a mid-air collision that occurred in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom on November 17, 2017. As the investigation begins, which is currently being handled by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), few details have been officially released. What we do know is that both aircraft departed the Wycombe Air Park which is located approximately twenty-three miles from the location of the accident. A well respected Flight Instructor, Captain Mike Green of Helicopter Services who held the position of Senior Instructor was in a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter with a student onboard, which collided with a Cessna 152. Green, who held several ratings including EASA CPL(H) with Instrument Rating, UK CAA ATPL(H) with Instrument Rating, Flight Instructor Examiner, Flight Examiner CPL/PPL, Flight Instructor Course Instructor, Instrument Rating Instructor, and Flight Instructor CPL/PPL began his aviation career in the military.
Collective Magazine has learned that Wycombe Air Park has suffered a staffing shortage and a notice had been given to pilots warning that there would be three, thirty-minute periods on select days between November 7-30 where no Air Traffic Control would be available. The crash occurred around half of an hour after the latest such period was scheduled to end, although it is unknown at this time if there were any ATC in place at the time of the collision.
Firefighters who responded to the wreckage deployed a drone in attempt to search for any survivors of the incident. A spokesperson for the Bucks Fire and Rescue Service stated that some thirty members of Fire Engines and Urban Search and Rescue Vehicles responded to the incident.