German father-of-two celebrating his 43rd birthday is among seven people including children killed when helicopter and light aircraft collided over Majorca

  • The dead man and his family, including two children who were in the helicopter all died in the crash   
  • The man is reported to be well-known businessman from Munich, August Inselkammer, who's believed to be the son of a brewing entrepreneur
  • The seven who died in the crash include the pilot of the helicopter and two people who were travelling in the microlight 
  • Collision between helicopter and light aircraft happened just after 1.30 p.m. local time on Sunday near Inca centre of the island 
  • Balearics Islands president, Francina Armengol, said the regional government would decree three days of mourning starting Monday

The German father-of-two killed in an air crash in Majorca is said to have been celebrating his 43rd birthday when the helicopter he was travelling in and a light aircraft collided.

The crash happened soon after the helicopter left the luxury Hotel La Reserva Rotana Manacor on Sunday afternoon local time. 

The man's family were also on board including a boy, said to be about nine or ten and a girl aged seven or eight.

'It was the dead man's 43rd birthday and the two families had arranged for two helicopters to pick them up, one for one family and one for the other,' a well-placed source told The Daily Mail.

A photo showing debris after a plane and a helicopter collided in fight over the village of Inca, Majorca island

A photo showing debris after a plane and a helicopter collided in fight over the village of Inca, Majorca island

'The other family ended up going by road because one of the helicopters had capacity for five and the other could only carry three including the pilot.

'My understanding was that it was a last-minute decision the man whose birthday it was should take the bigger helicopter with his family and the other family should catch them up in a car, probably because it was his birthday,' the source added. 

Another report said the family wanted to see Majorca from the air before heading for lunch with friends in Camp de Mar near Andratx where model Claudia Schiffer and British film producer Matthew Vaughn have a holiday home. 

The collision between the light aircraft and the helicopter occurred just after 1.30p.m. local time near Inca in the centre of the island.  

There has been no immediate official confirmation of the man's name from authorities but he has been named locally as a well-known businessman from Munich called August Inselkammer, believed to be the son of brewing entrepreneur Franz Inselkammer.   

Local reports say Police of Inca reported that the aircraft have fallen onto a farm, on the road from Sencelles to Sineu near Inca in the centre of the island

A man called Jannik Inselkammer, named at the time as a cousin of August, was killed by an avalanche in Canada in March 2014 when he was aged just 45.

He was described at the time as the son of the Munich brewing entrepreneur Hans Inselkammer.  

The Italian pilot of the helicopter carrying the family has been named locally as Cedric Leoni. 

The seven who died in the crash are said to include two people who were travelling in the microlight.

The pilot of the microlight has been named locally as a Spaniard from the east coast city of Valencia called Juanjo Vidal, who according to local reports was travelling with a Spanish friend.  

There has been no official statement on the nationalities of the dead.   

His unnamed wife is understood to have been at the aerodrome in Benissalem it took off from and saw the aircraft go down.

Mr Inselkammer, who came from a well-known family of brewing entrepreneurs, was heading to lunch with friends at a restaurant in Camp de Mar near Andratx when he died. Pictured: Debris at the scene

Debris after a plane and a helicopter collided in fight over the village of Inca, Majorca island, eastern Spain, 25 August 2019

Well-placed sources said the helicopter was a Bell 216 belonging to a firm called Rotorflug Helicopters, which has a base in Majorca and several in Germany.  

No-one from Rotorflug, which offers sightseeing flights on Majorca as well as wedding and VIP flights, was immediately available for comment.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez tweeted: 'Following with worry the information that is reaching us from Inca in Majorca.

'My solidarity and affection for the people who have lost their lives in this tragic accident.'   

Local reports say Police of Inca reported that the aircraft have fallen onto a farm, on the road from Sencelles to Sineu in the centre of the island, 30 minutes drive from the Island's capital, Palma.     

The collision caused a blaze which firefighters have been tackling.

The two occupants of the helicopter and the three people on board of the airplane died in the accident

The two occupants of the helicopter and the three people on board of the airplane died in the accident

It is said to have occurred at below 1,000 feet from the ground.  

There were also reports of several people injured. It is not yet clear if there have been any casualties on the ground. 

A spokesman for the Balearic Islands government said: 'At 1.35 p.m. today an accident has occurred between a helicopter and a microlight in Inca above the old road to Costitx. ' 

Adding: 'Seven people have died in the air accident in Inca between a helicopter carrying three adults and two children and a microlight with two adults on board.' 

Remains of the chopper and microlight are said to have fallen over a wide area which includes several homes.

Witness Toni Carbonell told local paper Diario de Mallorca: 'The noise of the impact was horrible.'·

Another said the sound was a noise between a roll of thunder and a house coming down.

Balearics Islands presiden  Francina Armengol confirmed the regional government would decree three days of mourning due to start Monday.

'Tomorrow we will decree three days of mourning in the region and we will hold a minute's silence,' Armengol said Sunday.   
 

German father-of-two celebrating 43rd birthday is among seven killed in Majorca air crash

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