In Arizona, two people were killed when a plane and a chopper collided in mid-flight.

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In Arizona, two people were killed when a plane and a chopper collided in mid-flight.

A tiny plane and a helicopter crashed mid-flight in a Phoenix neighborhood on Friday, killing two passengers, according to emergency officials.

The crash occurred at Chandler Airpark around 7:30 a.m., according to the Chandler Fire Department. The Robinson R22 helicopter crashed and caught fire, but the single-engine Piper PA-28 landed safely on the runway.

According to NBC News, Chandler police Sgt. Jason McClimans reported two persons aboard the helicopter died. The helicopter was operated by Quantum Helicopters, and the jet was operated by Flight Operations Academy, both of which were flying schools, he said.

Tyler Detwiler, a student pilot training for his own flight, saw the incident and informed KNXV-TV in Phoenix about it.

“The helicopter plummeted to the ground in a flash. In the air, they collided. He claimed, “The plane I know for sure was on final approach to land, so it was just about to land.”

“It always… it was rapid as soon as it hit the ground. It was a fast-moving fireball.”

The crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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