NTSB Investigates Wreckage From Mid-Air Collision In New Hampton

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal aviation safety investigators were in a densely wooded area in upstate New York where two small planes collided and crashed after taking off from a local airport, killing both pilots.

State police Capt. Joseph Tripodo said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were inspecting the wreckage Tuesday morning in the Orange County town of Wawayanda, about 60 miles north of New York City.

Authorities said the planes, both single-engine Pipers, collided Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. in New Hampton about 15 minutes after departing Orange County Airport. Witnesses said the planes clipped their wings.

The collision killed two pilots and scattered debris for half a mile.

According to officials, the two pilots flew one plane from Sussex, New Jersey to Orange County Airport, where they picked up another plane, before heading back to New Jersey.

The pilots’ names haven’t been released.

The planes crashed about 200 yards apart on muddy ground. Emergency crews had to use all-terrain vehicles to reach the wreckages.

What do you think the NTSB will find in its investigation? Leave a comment below…

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  • toniann

    Just to let you know that they were flying under 200 feet in the air i saw them hit each other and they were not 500 feet which is the regulations

  • Cessna Pilot

    Formation flying is NOT illegal for general aviation pilots. It is perfectly legal to conduct formation flights in general aviation aircraft and with private or higher pilots at the controls. It is required however to arrange the formation flight in advance, no impromptu formation flights are permitted. You really ought to check the Federal Aviation Regulations before you post.

  • Anon

    We won’t speculate on our friends’ deaths until we know more. They were great pilots and great men. We mourn them and pray for their families. We knew them well and toast their too short lives….


    That is why formation flying is illegal for civilian planes in general aviation, however, skywriting is an exception to this rule.

  • flyflh

    They flew together from Sussex, NJ to Orange County probably to retrieve a plane. Departing OC they were aware of each others flights so I am guessing the were either formation flying or lost sight of each other.

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