Plane, helicopter collide in Virginia, 2 killed

January 1, 2011 05:36

WEYERS CAVE, Va. — A small aircraft collided with a medical helicopter in the air Friday afternoon in rural western Virginia, killing two people on the plane, federal aviation officials said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the collision occurred at about 2:30 p.m., a half-mile north of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave. The airport is about 30 miles northwest of Charlottesville.The two people killed were aboard a Cessna 172 plane. Their names weren't immediately released. Peters said the helicopter, with three people aboard, was damaged but landed safely. He said the persons on the helicopter walked away, and he was not aware of any injuries on the ground.

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