Mid-air Collision Could Have Been Deadly

by nph | February 22nd, 2012

February 22, 2012

Just north of Antioch, about halfway between Oakland and Sacramento, a helicopter and a small plane were forced into emergency landings Sunday after they clipped each other, leaving the two pilots with minor injuries, reports CBS News.

The chopper pilot, a 29-year-old woman, is an experienced commercial airplane pilot who was logging night-flying hours toward a helicopter license.

The woman said that she briefly saw the plane behind her around 7 p.m. The next thing she knew, it struck the chopper’s skids, and she was falling to the ground.

“A few feet higher, it would’ve been catastrophic because the plane would’ve crashed right into the helicopter,” the owner of Vertical CFI Helicopters in Hayward said.

The helicopter then set down just off state Highway 160, while the single-engine plane made a rough landing in a field just short of a nearby airport.

The woman’s flight experience helped keep damage and injury to a minimum.

The 1961 six-seat Beechcraft plane is registered to a man in Brentwood in Contra Costa County. He did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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