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Pilot Anthony Mercurio, 78, and James Metz, 14, dead as two small planes collide over Alden, New York before one crashes near Townline Road in Lancaster

Modified Date: 
Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:33pm
Accident Date: 
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Two small planes collide in Alden

Two small planes collided over Townline and Kieffer roads this morning, and rescue crews from Townline, Alden and Lancaster are at the scene, the Townline fire department reports. Erie County Firewire says there was no fire, a plane is intact but injuries have been reported.

Small planes collide; pilot, boy killed; 2nd pilot, girl on other plane safe

At least two people are dead after two planes collided and one of the planes crashed in Lancaster, an emergency response source told The Buffalo News.

Pilot, boy die as 2 small planes from Young Eagles rally collide

Two people - a pilot and a young boy - are dead after two planes collided this morning and one of the planes crashed in Lancaster. The other plane was able to land safely in a field in Alden. The pilot and a boy who was aboard were killed, Lancaster Police Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. said.

Pilot and teen passenger killed in mid-air plane collision in Alden, Lancaster area

The FAA tells News 4 the mid-air collision involved a Cessna 172 aircraft and a Searey amateur-built aircraft. The planes were privately owned aircraft that were participating at the Young Eagles rally at the Buffalo Lancaster airport. The Experimental Airplane Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program is a national program.

Two dead after planes collide over Lancaster-Alden border

Nearby, the second plane made an emergency landing in a field on Kieffer Road in the Town of Alden.

Pilot, teen killed in Western NY mid-air collision taking part in children's aviation event

Anthony Mercurio, 78, and James Metz, 14, died in the Saturday morning collision about 6 miles from Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, officials tell The Buffalo News.

Aero-News Update: Young Eagle Flight Accident

The Skyhawk appears to have impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude, while the SeaRey made a forced landing with some control difficulties and other airframe damage noted. 

More Details Released in Lancaster Plane Crash

 The Lancaster Police Department on Sunday identified the two deceased plane crash victims as 78-year-old Anthony Mercurio who was the pilot and 14-year-old James Metz who was the passenger. Both are from Lancaster.

Family remembers son killed in plane crash two years ago

A small plane crash in North Collins that killed three people this weekend comes as a local family remembers their son who died in a similar crash. Tomorrow marks two years since two small planes collided mid-air and crashed off Townline Road in Lancaster.

Two Lancaster residents, 78-year-old male pilot and his 14-year-old male passenger, died when their plane crashed several hundred yards off of Town Line Road in Lancaster. A 9 year-old girl and an adult male pilot walked away with non-life threatening injuries after their plane made a crash landing in a field in Alden. off of Kieffer Road.   Allen Wadsworth heard the collision as the planes hit. “I heard this crashing noise, and looked up," he said. “I saw a plane as I looked toward Townline Road. It veered off toward the right. The other plane flipped and spiraled down to the ground."    
People Involved: 
Anthony Mercurio
James Metz
Roadway: 
Townline Road
City: 
Alden, NY

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