A helicopter, plane collision happened in Maryland left 3 dead and one injured. The airplane and helicopter collided in midair before crashing near an airport in Maryland. Three men were killed and two managed to escape after the plane after it deployed a parachute meant to slow the fall.
The Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the Robinson R44 helicopter was doing a training exercise and the Cirrus SR22 plane was on its way to the Frederick Municipal Airport when the collision happened. The statement said that the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the helicopter plane collision.
The police has revealed the name of the men who died and they are: Christopher D. Parsons (29) from Westminister, Maryland, William Jenkins (47) from Morrison, Colorado and Breandan J. MacFawn from Cumberland, Maryland.
The owner of the helicopter was not identified in the statement and police still do not know who was flying the helicopter. What is known is that the helicopter was leased to a flight school at the airport, the Advanced Helicopter Concepts. A news conference will be held by the company officials on Friday morning to reveal more information about the helicopter, plane collision.
What helped save two of the two of the men inside the plane was a red-and-white parachute that was deployed following the helicopter, plane collision and it was still attached to the plane when the firefighters arrived on the scene. It is attached to the airplane’s frame in order to lower the machine safely when the pilot cannot do so.
The first reports from the scene reveal that the plane appears to be largely intact, but the helicopter is demolished.
The plane survivors are being questioned by the police and investigators from the NTSB. Air traffic controllers from the Frederick tower will also be interviewed so that the cause of the helicopter, plane collision.
LiveATC.net provided a transcript of the control tower conversation, which shows that the control tower was indeed working with both the helicopter and the plane shortly before the crash.
The controller is heard telling the airplane: I have three helicopters below you in the traffic pattern. And the pilot responds: I have two of ‘em in sight.
Shortly after this conversation ends, the controlled gives clearance to the airplane to land. The following audio is of someone screaming Oh, God! Oh, God!