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Paul Rosiek, 60, Richard and Kathleen Walker, both 69, dead when two small planes collide and crash into a field on School Street in North Collins, New York
According to an FAA spokesperson, a Cessna 120 and another small aircraft made contact in flight and crashed. They say the FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the cause.
"One of the aircrafts came down near a barn," said Scott Joslin of the Erie County Sheriff's Office. "Luckily enough this is an area where there is much more open farmland than there are structures and residences. In that respect they came down in fields and there were no structures, residents and no one else other than the occupants of the aircrafts that were injured."
The three people who died Sunday when two small planes collided over North Collins were a part of the local pilot community, members of which said the collision appears to be a tragic accident.
The NTSB report paints a picture of what the final moments leading up to the fatal crash were like. Investigators, going off of witness statements, report the Piper, the plane the Walkers were flying in – made contact with the Cessna, Rosiek’s plane.