Mon, May 14, 2007
Witnesses Tell Investigators Planes Clipped Wings
The FAA and NTSB have
begun their investigation into Friday's midair collision over
Ohio's Blue Ash Airport, with one witness telling investigators the
two planes involved clipped wings before plummeting to
In an accident initially reported by ANN, the FAA
said "it will be several months" before information on what might
have caused the crash is released publicly. The agency's full
investigation of Friday's collision could take a year or more.
The planes' pilots were apparently not in contact with air
traffic controllers, the FAA said. Patrol Lt. Wayne Price said
investigators assume both planes took off from Blue Ash Airport,
though the accident occurred several miles from the field.
Investigators interviewed witnesses Saturday in an effort to
learn why the pilots got so close.
One witness told investigators that "the aircraft were traveling
in opposite directions and the wings impacted," said Ed Malinowski,
investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
No injuries were reported on the ground in the Cincinnati suburb
of 14,000 residents. The planes crashed at about 3 pm at two sites
in an area with several well-traveled highways, which were closed
temporarily while investigators looked for debris.
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