Two planes collide mid-air over central Victoria, 4 dead

Melbourne: At least four people have died after two light planes crashed in mid-air at Mangalore in central Victoria, reports said.

Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes east of the Mangalore airfield, shortly before 11.30am on Wednesday, the Age reported.

“It is believed two aircraft have collided mid-air before crashing,” a police spokeswoman said.

Four people, two in each aircraft, died at the scene. They are yet to be identified, said the news report.

A spokesman from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said one of the aircraft was a Piper Seminole, registered to the flight school Moorabbin Aviation Services. The second aircraft is a Beechcraft Travel Air registered to a private owner at Tyabb, the Age reported.

CASA and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have been notified.

Police are investigating and will prepare a report for the Coroner, the report further said.

Ambulance Victoria was called to the scene but was unable to provide details.

All southbound lanes on the Hume Freeway have been closed near Avenel.