Archive for Monday, February 18, 2008

3 dead after airplane, helicopter collide

February 18, 2008


— Three people were killed after a light plane and a helicopter collided in mid-air north of New Zealand's capital Sunday, police said.

Two men in the helicopter on a training flight were killed when it slammed into a building after its tail brushed the wing of the airplane, emergency workers said.

The pilot of the light airplane survived the crash but died later in a hospital from multiple injuries, police said.

The helicopter was crippled by the collision and crashed onto the roof of a hardware store in the coastal settlement of Paraparaumu, said a police spokesman, who was not authorized to speak to media about the crash.

Nobody inside the building was hurt.


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