Another Midair Ends Favorably

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Two aircraft collided Saturday, Nov. 1, in the air near Plymouth Municipal Airport, N.C., and though "one plane was in a tree and the other was in a river," according to Kathleen Bergen of the FAA, "both pilots survived." The midair collision took place about 9:30 a.m. local time and involved a Piper PA-28 and a Piper PA-32. Separate callers then reported plane crashes: one in the Liverman Heights area and, ten minutes later, another in the Roanoke River, some distance from the Plymouth waterfront. Early reports indicate that one pilot was hospitalized, but the other was not injured. A weather report for Roanoke Shores, Plymouth, N.C., for Nov. 1, showed a temperature/dewpoint spread of about 10 degrees and diverging, light winds and no rainfall. The cause and circumstances of the accident are yet unreported. On Oct. 22, a Cessna 180 and a Cessna 210 collided near Grand Junction in western Colorado. One of the aircraft was operated by a Colorado sheriff and was delivering inmates to a corrections facility. In that case, the two aircraft landed safely (although one ended up inverted) and all six people aboard both aircraft survived.