Four people dead after horrific two planes collision near Seymour

The two planes crashed mid-air near Mangalore Airport. Image Mangalore Airport

A horrific plane crash has left four people dead after a mid-air collision over the town of Mangalore north of Melbourne, destroying both aircraft.

Both planes had two people on board and had taken off from different airports, police said.

One plane, a Piper Seminole, had taken off from Mangalore Airport minutes earlier and was gaining altitude at the time of the collision.

Aerial images taken from local media showed debris from two small planes in grassy areas.

The bodies of all four people, yet to be formally identified, were found in the wreckage.

"We're not sure why both aircraft were on the same trajectory or why they were in that area, but unfortunately they've collided mid-air", Victoria Police Inspector Peter Koger told ABC News.

"There were some people in the paddocks at the back of this facility and there was also a helicopter in the air and we're working with them to get witness statements", he said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau sent investigators from Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane to the crash site and said they are looking at "human factors, aircraft operation and maintenance" as possible causes.

The planes were not incinerated but have hit the ground hard, Insp Koger said.

The ATSB is appealing for any witnesses who saw the planes in flight or who have dash-cam footage to contact authorities.



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