Robinson Helicopters Collide At Robinson
Authorities are investigating the fatal midair collision of two Robinson helicopters at the company's home airport in Torrance, Calif., Thursday. Two people died in an R-44 that was taking off when it collided with an R-22 that was landing. The pilot of the R-22 was taken to hospital with leg and head injuries. FAA spokesman Donn Walker said the aircraft were less than 200 feet above the ground when they contacted. Witnesses told NBC the R-44 plummeted straight down to the runway and exploded while the R-22 crashed in a nearby cornfield. The R-44 was on a training flight. The company did not immediately comment.