Tue, Feb 21, 2012
Night Collision Between Bonanza, R22 Causes Minor Injuries
ANN is thankful to report that a collision between a Beechcraft
Bonanza and a Robinson R22 near Rio Vista Municipal Airport in
California Sunday night produced an unusual result for a mid-air -
no fatalities. KTXL-TV reports the R22 came down in a field on
Sherman Island, while the plane made it 30 more miles, and landed
at the Byron airport.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's department confirms both pilots
were taken to hospitals. The instructor of the helicopter pilot
said the student was logging solo, night hours toward her
commercial helicopter certificate. He praised her performance after
the impact, and described her as shaken up, but OK after
extricating herself from the wreckage. (Similar aircraft shown in
Police added her injuries were confined to cuts to her hands.
There was no immediate word on injuries suffered by the airplane
pilot, only that they were "minor."
The first 911 calls notifying responders of the helicopter's
crash came in at 1850 PST. FAA is assisting the NTSB on the
investigation. Neither pilot's name had been released as of our
deadline, but KTXL reports the plane is registered to an owner in
Brentwood, and the helicopter is owned by Vertical CFI Helicopters,
a flight school based in Hayward, CA.
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