AN ex-military jet has plunged into the water after two aircrafts collided mid-air in Australia.
It is understood two people were on board the civilian-piloted aircraft when it crashed into Melbourne‘s Port Phillip Bay.
Searches are ongoing after two military jets have crashed mid-air into Port Phillip Bay, in Melbourne[/caption]
Numerous water and air craft were seen scouring the area after the light aircraft plunged into the bay on Sunday afternoon[/caption]
The planes were both former military Viper S-211 Marchetti jets[/caption]
Emergency services were called to The Esplanade about 1.45pm local time on Sunday, local media reports.
A large-scale search has found what appears to be the wreckage of a light aircraft, but the pilot and a passenger remain missing.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the mid-air collision involved two light aircraft, approximately 7.4 miles west of Mornington.
“At 1:42pm, Air Traffic Services advised the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of a mid-air collision two Viper S-211 Marchetti light aircraft, Victoria,” a AMSA spokeswoman said.
“Search assets have located a wreckage in the area. AMSA will continue to coordinate the search for the two people on board the crashed aircraft, until last light.”
The planes were both Viper S-211 Marchetti, former military jets that were being piloted by civilians.
It is understood they were conducting a formation flight over the bay when they collided, News.com.au reports.
One of the two-seater aircraft lost control, smashing into the water, while the other was able to return to Essendon Airport.
Raising the alarm, the pilot of the jet which remained airborne following the crash, radioed; ‘Viper 1 … mayday, mayday, mayday”.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau announced it would launch an investigation into the crash.
“The ATSB will investigate a mid-air collision between two aircraft over Port Phillip Bay on Sunday afternoon,” chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said.
“The ATSB asks anyone who may have witnessed and has footage of the accident, or who has footage of the aircraft in any phase of their flights, to contact us via the witness form on our website at their earliest convenience.”
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