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Helicopter, plane collide in Northern California

February 19, 2012 |  9:23 pm

A helicopter and a small plane collided in midair in Northern California on Sunday but no one was seriously injured, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ian Gregor said the accident took place near Rio Vista Municipal Airport, about midway between Oakland and Sacramento. He said details were sketchy.

The FAA received a report that a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Robinson R22 helicopter had collided, Gregor said.

The two-seat helicopter landed about eight miles south of Rio Vista Municipal Airport. The pilot declined medical treatment, he said. The plane landed near the Byron Airport, about 20 miles south, and the pilot said he was not injured, Gregor said.

The Associated Press reported that the pilots were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Gregor said.


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