Mid-air plane crash kills 3 in Colorado, authorities say

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Three people have died after two mid-air planes collided in Colorado on Saturday, authorities said.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash and the death toll.

No one from the sheriff’s office could be immediately reached on Saturday for additional information.

The collision was first reported at 8:54 a.m., according to NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver.

One of the planes was found in a field in the 10,000 block of Niwot Rd., while the other plane was discovered closer to the 9,700 block of Niwot Rd, the outlet reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a single-engine Cessna 172 was one of the planes involved in the collision. Two people were on board the plane, according to the FAA.

The mid-air collision occurred near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado at around 8:50 a.m., the FAA said.

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted the second aircraft to crash was a Sonex Xenos.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate with the NTSB leading the investigation, the FAA said.



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