Helicopter, Plane Collision At Clearwater

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An unusual collision sent the pilot of a light aircraft to the hospital for observation and left the pilot and passenger of a helicopter unscathed at a private strip near Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday. Zack Taylor, the owner of Clearwater Air Park, told local media the Piper Arrow was landing and hit a hovering Robinson R22 helicopter from behind. The airplane got the worst of the mishap and ended up flipped on the grass missing part of a wing. The helicopter pilot was able to set it down without further incident.

Taylor told reporters he heard no radio calls from the inbound aircraft. It's not clear whether the aircraft was on the runway or just above it when the collision occurred. The local fire department was called to deal with a fuel spill. The extent of damage to the helicopter wasn’t included in the local reports.

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