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Maryland Mid-Air Collision Kills 3 as Plane, Helicopter Crash; 2 Hurt

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 06:51 PM

A Maryland mid-air collision between a small plane and a helicopter Thursday near Frederick has left three people dead and two injured.

Few details about the crash, which occurred about 3:40 p.m., are known. It occurred near the Frederick Municipal Airport.

A Cirrus SR22 aircraft was heading to the airport and an R44 helicopter was involved in a training exercise when the crash occurred, according to a Federal Aviation Administration statement.

WJLA reported the plane was registered to Graeves Auto & Appliance in Olney, Maryland, but a representative for that business would not comment. Flight tracking software showed the plane was headed to Frederick from Cleveland, Tennessee.

The Frederick News Post reported the three people who died were in the helicopter. “One of the transported patients was walking wounded, while the other was in more serious condition,” the newspaper said, quoting Denise Pouget, Frederick County fire chief.

The airplane deployed a parachute, which helped it descend, Pouget told the Post.

"It was like Armageddon," a neighbor told the Post, describing area after the crash. "This does not happen in Frederick."

Jesse Ault Jr. and his wife were nearby when he saw the plane spinning and a parachute deploying, the Post said. Ault said he saw a man walking on his own, but getting medical help for a bloodied face.

A news helicopter pilot, Brad Freitas, whose Twitter tag is @NewsChopperBrad, posted photos of the accident scene online.



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