A helicopter and a single-engine aircraft collided in midair over suburban Phoenix Friday, and the 2 individuals aboard the copter died after it crashed right into a brush discipline close to a municipal airport, officers mentioned. The flight teacher and a pupil aboard the aircraft landed safely and weren’t harm.

The collision occurred within the metropolis of Chandler close to Chandler Municipal Airport, which doesn’t have scheduled industrial air passenger service, mentioned police Sgt. Jason McClimans. He mentioned nobody on the bottom was harm.

News video confirmed a firefighting crew utilizing a tarp to cowl the helicopter’s burned wreckage in brush on what seemed to be a vacant lot or discipline close to the airport’s southern boundary. The aircraft was upright on the airport close to a runway and its fuselage appeared intact.

A helicopter near Phoenix, Ariz., collided with a single-engine plane while in the air.

A helicopter close to Phoenix, Ariz., collided with a single-engine aircraft whereas within the air.
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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The touchdown gear of the aircraft, a Piper PA-28, was broken within the collision, however the aircraft landed safely, the Federal Aviation Administration reported in a press release. The helicopter was a Robinson R22, based on the FAA.

Richard Bengoa mentioned in an interview that he’s the proprietor of the small Chandler-based plane rental firm that owns the four-seat aircraft, which is used largely for flight coaching. He mentioned the one individuals aboard have been the flight teacher and the coed pilot. Authorities mentioned neither wanted medical consideration as soon as the aircraft landed.

Though officers didn’t permit Bengoa to get near the aircraft, he mentioned it appeared from a distance that the aircraft’s touchdown gear had been broken. He mentioned he had no details about how the collision occurred and was not permitted to talk with the flight teacher or the coed pilot.

Bengoa described his enterprise as “not quite” a flight faculty.

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“It’s more of a family business to kind of promote aviation and help people get their licenses,” Bengoa mentioned.

The airport was closed, McClimans mentioned. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the reason for the collision and the helicopter crash, based on the FAA, which can help within the investigation.

Police have been looking for witnesses and individuals who could have videotaped the collision and chopper crash.