Airplane, Helicopter Collide in East Bay

There were no serious injuries in the crash.

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012  |  Updated 9:16 PM PDT
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Airplane, Helicopter Collide in East Bay

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No injuries were reported in a midair collision near Rio Vista Municipal Airport Sunday night that caused a helicopter to crash, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials.

  A Beechcraft Bonanza airplane collided with a Robinson R22 helicopter near the Solano County airport, causing the helicopter to crash 8 miles south of the airport, according to Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman. 

  The airplane was able to land short of the Byron Airport in Contra Costa County and reported no injuries. The helicopter's pilot also reportedly refused medical treatment, Gregor said.  

  The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this accident. 

  The NTSB typically posts a preliminary report within a week or two of the accident, but can often take months to determine a probable cause, Gregor said. 

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