Small Plane, Helicopter Collide in Mid-Air

Both pilots walk away with minor injuries.

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    Federal investigators are trying to figure out what caused a small plane and helicopter to collide in mid-air. (Published Monday, Feb. 20, 2012)

    Federal investigators are trying to figure out what happened in the moments leading up to a collision between a small plane and a helicopter in the East Bay.

    At around 7 p.m. Sunday night, the pilots were near the Rio Vista Municipal Airport – about 50 miles northeast of Oakland – when they clipped one another. The helicopter crashed in a field about eight miles away. The plane went down just south of the Byron Airport where it was trying to land.

    Both pilots were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. No one else was on board at the time. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are trying to determine what caused the collision.