A Peninsula Aero Club instructor and student were among four people killed in an aircraft collision near Mangalore this morning.
Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes east of the Mangalore airfield about 11.25am.
It is believed two aircraft have collided mid-air before crashing.
Two occupants in each aircraft died at the scenes.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau attended the scene and police are currently investigating and will prepare a report for the Coroner.
The Peninsula Aero Club have put out the following statement:
“With deep sorrow we advise there has been a tragic fatal accident involving a PAC instructor and student today, Wednesday 19 February in the Mangalore area.
At this stage the incident is being managed by the ATSB, Coroner and Police and we are awaiting details of the occurrence.
This has resulted in the immediate temporary closure of flying operations at the Flying School until further notice.”