Two individuals were killed after a helicopter collided with a tiny plane in mid-air before crashing Friday near a Chandler airport.
On Oct. 1, a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a fixed-wing plane was reported at Chandler Municipal Airport, according to the Chandler Fire Department. The plane made an emergency landing, but the helicopter crashed and caught flames.
According to the department, two passengers aboard the helicopter died.
The plane was standing erect on the ground, just off a runway. Its fuselage appears to be in good condition. No one on the plane required medical assistance, and no one on the ground was wounded.
The following statement was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in response to the crash:
“A single-engine Piper PA-28 and a Robinson R22 helicopter collided at Chandler Municipal Airport in Arizona this morning at 7:42 a.m. local time. The helicopter crashed near the airport, and the jet safely landed on the runway despite having broken landing gear.
According to preliminary reports, each plane carried two persons. The FAA will reveal the tail numbers once they have been verified by investigators.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will give updates as they become available. Neither agency names people implicated in plane crashes.”