A COUPLE and their two children are among seven killed in a horror crash between a light aircraft and a helicopter in Majorca today.
The tragedy unfolded at around 1pm local time near Inca when two people travelling in a microlight and five in a chopper crashed mid-air.
The area is just a 30-minute drive from Majorca’s capital Palma – a destination popular with Brit holidaymakers.
The mid-air crash occurred between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane, about 1,000ft from the ground, authorities said.
The victims included three adults and two children on the helicopter and two local men on the light plane, the regional government of Spain’s Balearic islands, which include Majorca, said in a tweet.
The family wiped out in the crash have been identified locally as a German family, with one report saying they wanted to see Majorca from the air before heading for lunch with some friends in Camp de Mar near Andratx.
The helicopter pilot was Italian.
But it’s not known as yet what nationality the other victims were.
Part of the wreckage from the aircraft landed near houses in a rural area.
Spain’s caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, sent his condolences on Twitter to the victims’ families and expressed sadness at the “tragic accident.”
Horrified witnesses have described the moment of impact as similar to a roll of thunder.
Toni Carbonell told local paper Diario de Mallorca: “The noise of the impact was horrible.”
The Balearic Islands government said rescue crews are still working at the crash site.
A spokesperson said: “At 1.35pm today an accident has occurred between a helicopter and a microlight in Inca above the old road to Costitx.
“The initial confirmation is that five people including a child have died. Emergency services are still working in the area.”
Authorities have opened an investigation into what happened.
Balearic Islands president Francina Armengol said: “We are following with worry and commotion the air accident that has occurred in Inca.
“The emergency teams are working right now at the scene. Our thoughts are with the victims.”
She confirmed that the regional government would decree three days of mourning, starting Monday.
Inca is on the centre of the island between Palma and Pollensa and is the third largest town in Majorca.
It is predominately residential but attracts a large number of tourists because of its famous markets and public transport links.
The Sun Online has contacted the Foreign Office.