NTSB releases preliminary findings on midair plane collision

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2016 12:05 AM

NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings into a fatal midair plane collision in New York.

The NTSB says witnesses reported seeing a plane fly into another plane that had taken off earlier, shearing off the first plane's tail before both planes crashed.

Both pilots and a passenger were killed in the Sept. 24 accident in North Collins, about 20 miles south of Buffalo. The two planes were the first of six to take off for a group outing to Pennsylvania.

The NTSB says the first plane, a Cessna, left before the others because it was slower and needed more time to reach the destination. A Piper followed.

Paul Rosiek (ROH'-zehk), of Hamburg, was killed in the Cessna. Richard and Kathleen Walker, of Eden, died in the Piper.