Aircraft collision leaves man dead and two hurt

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A MAN died and two other people were treated for minor injuries after two light aircraft collided near an airport.

Leicestershire Police said the accident happened in the Great Stretton area of Leicestershire shortly after 2pm yesterday.

A police spokesman said the planes “landed” near Gartree Road, which has been sealed off to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident.

“It is anticipated that road will remain closed overnight,” he said.

The spokesman added: “One of the aircraft contained one person, a man, who died at the scene. The second aircraft contained two men who both received minor injuries.”

The crash was near Leicester Airport. A representative of Leicestershire Aero Club, which is based at the airport, said police had been in contact but she could not give any further information about what had happened.