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.

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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.

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

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