Two passengers dead after helicopter, plane collide mid-air in Arizona – USA TODAY

Two people are dead after a helicopter and small plane collided mid-air in Arizona on Friday morning, authorities said. 

The crash took place just before 8 a.m. near Chandler Municipal Airport,  and initial reports indicate there were two people in each aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Chandler Fire Department said crews responded to an alert that there was a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a fixed-wing plane.

The helicopter was operated by Quantum Helicopters and the plane by Flight Operations Academy, both flight schools, according to Chandler police.

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The two people killed were passengers in the helicopter, which crashed and caught fire after colliding with the plane, fire officials confirmed. The plane landed safely on the runway with damaged landing gear, according to the FAA.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the collision, and neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft incidents. The identities of the two people killed have not been released.

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Sgt. Jason McClimans talks about mid-air collision at Chandler Municipal Airport

Chandler police Sgt. Jason McClimans talks about a helicopter and a small plane that collided mid-air near Chandler Municipal Airport on Oct. 1, 2021.

Mark Henle, The Republic