FAA: Two killed in midair collision in Virginia
December 31st, 2010
04:01 PM ET

FAA: Two killed in midair collision in Virginia

An airborne single-engine plane collided with a medical-evacuation helicopter at Virginia's Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Friday, killing two people, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The incident involved a single-engine Cessna 172 and Eurocopter EC135 MedEvac helicopter, the FAA's Jim Peters said. The two who died were on the single-engine plane; the helicopter landed safely with no injuries aboard, the FAA said.

Read coverage from CNN affiliate WHSV.

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  1. phil

    oh, well he's an idiot.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thetruth

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    December 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thetruth

    also I am gay. and of course have aids.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chris

    Come on now anyone can get their piolits license.I it was prob. A lack of expertise. Or hanging with the piolits at the airport.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joyemaz

    These single engines should be outlawed. People maintain and fly them like they drive and maintain their cars. Nothing but death traps to passengers and the innocent public. The Bissette family should have sued for a Catherine's Law lto bring a spotlight on this menace, instead of selfishly pocketing the civil suit proceeds.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Well, it's pretty clear you have absolutely zero knowledge of the aviation industry and its regulations for single engine aircraft.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    I'm wondering who died in this collision, and how the helicopter was able to still fly after being hit by the Cessna. (also, this is my first post on this news, the above "phil" is not me.)

    December 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jodabe79

      the helicopter made a brushing contact on top of the plane. both were traveling a slow speed. it was weird how fast the wing fell off of the plane.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pc

    Condolences to the families. I fly a C172 and C182 and I work hard to keep a lookout for traffic.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dino


    December 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yo mama

    @ dj
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    LMAO + we hope it makes you go away gisele. we know you need all
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    Thank you for the Estelle Getty impersonation, now go eat some cheesecake with all your grayhaired girlfriends.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yo mama

    but it is true muslims make better pilots.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. No Sense

    Use a little imagination people. Maybe the plane's wing or tail just clipped the copter enough to bring the plane down but not damage the helicopter? Ya think, maybe?

    December 31, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    I flew 172's years ago. There were at least four things that always made me edgy – 1)other airplanes, 2)power lines at the end of a runway, 3)towers and 4)weather. I'll leave the flying to the pro's – for me it was just a risky hobby.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. iroquoisjoe

    Meanwhile in the United States today, 110 people were killed in various car accidents across the country...

    December 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    blah blah blah

    December 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mizh

    As usual, idiotic trolls come out to play....

    December 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
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