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Archive for Saturday, March 16, 2002

Pilot killed in plane collision

March 16, 2002

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— An airplane used by the Golden Knights military parachute team collided with a civilian plane during a practice jump near a rural airport Friday, authorities said.

The military pilot was killed, authorities said. The parachutists had jumped from the plane before the collision.

Officials weren't sure what happened to the civilian plane, a Cessna. Lt. Col. Marian Hansen said there was only one aircraft at the crash site.

Hansen didn't know how many skydivers were practicing jumps, but said the plane could hold up to 11 jumpers.

The Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team, are based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., but had been conducting training at the Marana Airport, about 20 miles north of Tucson.

The Army was withholding the pilot's name pending notification of relatives.

In April 2000, a Marine Osprey, a plane that can take off and land like a helicopter and fly like an airplane, crashed at the Marana Airport, killing all 19 Marines aboard.

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