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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Two dead in glider and plane crash
Emergency services investigate the scene of the crash
Two people have been killed in a mid-air collision between a glider and a light aircraft.

Police said all three emergency services were called at 1540 BST to Aston Down airfield, Aston Down, near Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, after reports of the collision.

A doctor called to the scene pronounced two people dead - one from each aircraft.

Their bodies were found in the wreckage in a field.


The pilot of each aircraft was killed and there were no other occupants

Statement from Cotswold Gliding Club
In a statement, the Cotswold Gliding Club said: "There was a mid-air collision between a Standard Cirrus glider and a Pawnee Tug aircraft at the Cotswold Gliding Club on Friday.

"The pilot of each aircraft was killed and there were no other occupants.

"Both aircraft had taken off from the club site at Aston Down airfield in Gloucestershire."

The area has been cordoned off.

As a mark of respect the club has cancelled its open day which was due to be held on Sunday.

Investigation under way

Gloucestershire police said the aircraft and the glider had come down "on a ploughed field adjacent to the airfield".

The Aston Down airfield is famous as the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force in 1918.

Police have said it is too early to speculate on the cause of the accident.

Air accident investigators and police have started investigations and the coroner has been informed.

No further details of the pilots who died have been given at this stage.

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