2 small planes collide mid-air in Florida, killing 2 people

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Posted: Apr 01, 2017 1:53 PM

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two people died after their single-engine airplanes collided midair Saturday morning over the central Florida coast, authorities said.

The planes crashed into a wooded area west of Interstate 95 near Edgewater on Saturday morning, killing both pilots, the Edgewater Fire Rescue Department reported on its Facebook page.

A witness told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/2nLBJ45 ) that she saw the planes collide around 8:45 a.m. while flying in formation with several other planes.

Debris from the planes was seen between the crash site and the highway, which was about a half-mile away.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email that one of the planes was a Cessna 170 and the other a Grumman American AA5B.

The planes crashed about 3 miles from Massey Airpark in New Smyrna.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash site, the fire department said.

Each plane had one person inside. Neither of the pilots has been identified.