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Captain Mike Green, described as an inspirational pilot, is the first victim to be identified from Friday’s mid-air collision.
Capt. Green was named by Helicopter Services Ltd, the company that owned and operated the helicopter.
The helicopter was on a flying lesson at the time and the student pilot is understood to be the 2nd victim in the helicopter.
Two other men were killed in the Cessna 152 that was in a collision with Capt. Greens helicopter.
Paying tribute to Capt. Green, Helicopter Services Ltd said:
We are devastated to confirm that Captain Mike Green was involved in the mid-air collision which occurred yesterday. Mike was conducting a flight instructor course and was with a student at the time of the incident. Both pilots lost their lives.
We have received many messages of support and kind words about our friend who, as a senior instructor and examiner, helped and mentored so many pilots throughout the industry during his distinguished career.
It was an honour to work with you. Captain Green, you will be greatly missed.
The post on Facebook has received multiple comments showing how highly respected he was within the aviation community including one stating he was “one of the most inspirational pilots I’ve ever worked with.”
The Helicopter, an Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM) crashed shortly after midday on Friday near on the Waddesdon Manor Estate near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) are investigating the cause of the crash.