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A Very Unusual Fatal Helicopter vs. Plane Collision

New Years Eve 2010 there was a truly unusual HEMS (Helicopter EMS) crash.

Peters said it appeared the helicopter was attempting to land and the 1967 Cessna was taking off when they collided. He described the airplane as a small, general aviation four-seater.[1]

Generally, this kind of collision is not good for either aircraft, but if anyone is expected to have the worst chance of survival, I would expect it to be the people in the helicopter.

Witness Joshua Becker told the Daily News Leader of Staunton that he was driving to visit family near the airport when he saw the plane graze the top of the helicopter. The plane immediately nose-dived into the ground, while the helicopter landed in the field.

There were no patients were on board the medical helicopter and the HEMS crews walked away from the landing.

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The 2 people in the plane were killed in the crash.

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[1] Two Civilians Killed After Virginia Medical Helicopter Collides With Plane
EMS World
The Associated Press



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