Two people are feared dead after a pair of light aircraft collided in mid-air over the Midlands.
One of the planes crashed into a field near Blithfield Reservoir in Staffordshire, and police believe two people have been killed.
The other aircraft managed to land at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire where the three people on board scrambled to safety.
The runway was closed after the emergency landing but has now reopened.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said they were at the field off Lea Lane in Admaston where the plane came down, around 25 miles away from East Midlands Airport.
A farmer who spotted the wreckage said the plane had caught fire and he alerted the emergency services.
Michael Sargeant, the 64-year-old owner of Rectory Farm where the plane came down, said: "I saw smoke down my field. I went down in Land Rover, I pulled right up to it. The plane was burning but almost burned out.
It was very unnerving watching it come in
"I could see bodies there but I could see there was nothing I could do. I came straight back and rang 999."
A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Ambulance said: "I can confirm we were called to attend an incident involving a light aircraft which crashed into a field at approximately 1220 GMT.
"A rapid response team, doctor and ambulance were sent to the scene. An air ambulance was put on standby but was later stood down.
"We cannot confirm reports of fatalities at this time."
Aircraft enthusiast Richard Chamberlain was watching the skies from his position parallel to the runway at East Midlands Airport when he saw the other plane land.
He was listening on a scanner when he heard the mayday call go out from the pilot.
He told the BBC News website: "The pilot reported he had hit something. He didn't know what it was but said there was burning debris beneath him and he said he had lost part of his undercarriage. He requested emergency landing facilities.
"I saw the plane come into land, I was literally about 100 yards away and had a clear view.
"It was very unnerving watching it come in. It looked to have lost two or three wheels. You could see the pilot was shocked but he stayed calm and it was a text-book landing.
"It landed on its left-hand side, cocked over onto its wing, but there was no fire.
"I've never seen anything like this before - you hope everything is going to go OK and luckily there was no fire.
"The emergency services were already in place and the plane touched down about mid-point on the runway."
Chip shop manager Mr Chamberlain, from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, said he did not see the collision itself, which happened 14 miles away, but said from what the pilot said it happened at about 1,800 feet up.
A spokeswoman for East Midlands Airport said: "The incident involved a privately-owned light aircraft which performed an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport.
"The airport was following its full emergency procedures and emergency personnel were on site."
The aircraft was not immediately thought to have been badly damaged in the landing and the three people on board were being checked over by medics, added the spokeswoman.
Nine flights were diverted to Birmingham International Airport and two were cancelled while the runway was closed. It re-opened shortly after 1500 GMT.
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