Planes collide and kill 4 mid-air over the Arizona desert. On Friday, two single-engine planes carrying two passengers each collided and crashed around 10 a.m. over far north Phoenix — about 15 miles northwest of Deer Valley Airport, Huffington Post reports May 31.
One of the planes that crashed was registered to Bird Acquisition LLC. It does business as a school for commercial pilots in northern Phoenix known as TransPac Aviation Academy. Two of their pilots died when the planes collided.
TransPac issued a statement, but they weren’t releasing any information about the pilots “out of respect for the families during this time of sadness and grieving.”
Several witnesses reported seeing the planes collide Friday when the Cessna and Piper crashed. Authorities aren’t certain what directions the planes were flying in and what led to the tragedy.
“Both of them collided. We don’t know how or what,” said Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Nunez. “The skies are clear.”
News footage revealed one of the planes was charred while another seemed fully intact, the report said.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate why the planes collided.
When planes collide there’s little chance of survival, especially when they’re small single-engine ones.
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