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Helicopter and plane collide midair in Arizona; 2 killed

Officials in Arizona say a helicopter crashed and burned after the copter collided in midair over suburban Phoenix with a single-engine plane that landed safely at an airport.
Posted at 10:06 AM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 13:06:16-04

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in Arizona say a helicopter crashed and burned after the copter collided in midair over suburban Phoenix with a single-engine plane that landed safely at an airport.

Both occupants of the helicopter died. Chandler Police Sgt. Jason McClimans confirmed that the collision happened Friday morning near Chandler Municipal Airport. McClimans and a fire department spokesman confirmed that two people aboard the helicopter were killed. News video showed a fire crew using a tarp to cover the helicopter’s burned wreckage in brush near the airport’s southern boundary.

The plane's occupants did not need medical treatment and no one on the ground was injured.

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