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BAE staff among five dead in California mid-air crash

BAE staff among five dead in California mid-air crash

Five people have died in a mid-air collision between two planes - one leased by British defence contractor BAE Systems - in Southern California.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Andrew Swick said four people were aboard a twin-engine Sabreliner jet that collided with a single-engine Cessna 172.

The jet was leased by military contractor BAE Systems, which said its employees were aboard the aircraft.

Mr Swick said the pilot of the Cessna, who was also killed in the crash, was on a cross-country trip.

Both planes were approaching Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County when they collided.

The planes caught fire when they hit the ground and broke apart. First responders said the wreckage was strewn across a quarter of a mile.

A BAE spokesman said he was unable to comment on whether any of those killed were British-based employees.