Pilots Survive Midair Collision In Solano County With Minor Injuries

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Two pilots were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after a small plane clipped a helicopter in mid-air near Rio Vista. (CBS)

ANTIOCH (CBS/AP) — The owner of a helicopter flight school, with a student who was involved in a midair collision over Solano County, says the aircraft narrowly escaped what could have been a deadly crash.

Wayne Prodger, the owner of Vertical CFI Helicopters in Hayward, tells The Associated Press the chopper pilot, a 29-year-old woman, is an experienced commercial airplane pilot who was logging night-flying hours toward a helicopter license.

Prodger says the woman told him she briefly saw the Beechcraft
Bonanza behind her around 7 p.m. Sunday. The next thing she knew, the plane struck the chopper’s skids and she was falling to the ground.

He declined to give his student’s name, saying she’s still
shaken up. Both pilots suffered only minor injuries.

Prodger says it would have been a full-on collision if the
Beechcraft was just a few feet higher.

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