Chopper-Cessna collision in Augusta kills two

Virginia State Police are investigating an aircraft collision that claimed two lives Friday afternoon in Augusta County. Trooper K. Hyden is investigating the incident and is still in the process of confirming the identities of the deceased.

At 2:27 p.m. Friday, a single-engine Cessna 172H and a medical transport helicopter made contact in the air near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave, Va. The plane suffered severe damage and crashed to the ground. The plane’s two occupants died at the scene.

The helicopter’s skid was damaged in the collision, but was still able to safely land at the airport. The helicopter, AirCare 5 Medevac, had a pilot and a medical crew of two on board at the time. The helicopter had transported a patient to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and was returning to the airport at the time of the incident. No one on the helicopter was injured.

State police have notified the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Investigators with both agencies are en-route to the scene.

The circumstances and cause surrounding the collision remain under investigation at this time.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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