Five people killed in plane crash in France after tourist aircraft collide

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Five people have been killed in France after two tourist aircraft collided in mid-air on Saturday afternoon.

A ULM (ultralight two-person plane) crashed into a tourist plane at about 4:45pm local time in Loches, Indre-et-Loire.

Both occupants of the ULM and three passengers in the tourist plane have reportedly died.

One aircraft crashed into a fence of a house, while the second landed in an uninhabited area, according to local authorities.

Forty firefighters remain at the scene as well as aviation specialists.

Photos show emergency vehicles and other cars backed up on a road while a perimeter has been set up by police.

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Nadia Seghier, secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, told AFP: "A small ULM carrying two people and a DA40-type tourist plane carrying three people telescoped around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the first landing on the fence of a house in Loches, without causing any additional victims, the second at several hundred metres in an uninhabited area."

Investigations are reportedly underway to determine the cause of the tragic accident.

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