Canada To Investigate U.S. Midair


The airplanes involved in a midair collision that killed two people on Monday afternoon in Virginia were owned by employees of the NTSB and the FAA, the NTSB said on Tuesday, so the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has agreed to take over the investigation. The Piper PA-28 was registered to an FAA employee, who survived the collision, with injuries. The Beechcraft BE-35, in which two people died, was registered to an NTSB employee. “This accident hits especially close to home, with the involvement of an NTSB employee,” said board chairman Deborah Hersman. “I’m grateful to TSB-Canada chair Wendy Tadros for agreeing to conduct the investigation, and the NTSB stands ready to support and assist them in any way we can.”

The accident occurred about five miles from the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, in Sumerduck, Va. The Piper landed in a field and the Beechcraft came down in a wooded area and was destroyed by fire. An online photo of the Piper shows the aircraft on its belly in a field with its right wing missing and damage to the tail and the left wingtip.