Three dead after two planes collide in mid-air in McKinney

At least three people are confirmed dead after two small planes crashed mid-air, Saturday afternoon, spreading wreckage across two sites. Twisted remains of the planes were at the intersection of Custer and Virginia in McKinney, and at a storage complex, a few blocks away.


The FAA says the small planes collided near Aero Country Airport in 5:30 pm. Both aircrafts were flying under Visual Flight Rules and were not in contact with air traffic control at the time of the collision.

Fox 4 spoke with Larry Ferracioli and his daughter, Natalie. They were playing volleyball in their front yard when they say they saw the two planes taking off together from the two Aero Country runways. Larry says the planes were banking a left turn when one of the aircraft slammed into the other. One of the planes fell straight down into the street. The other crashed at the storage unit facility, which sparked a small fire.

"Two planes were right on top of each other when they came out of the bank, starting to level out right above, just past our house,” said Ferracioli, “The outside plane just came in and collided with the inside plane. When the collision happened, it sounded like an automobile accident head on."

Authorities, Sunday, removed what was left of one of the planes. Investigators also collected video surveillance from the scene that show part of what happened. The NTSB tells Fox 4 they believe the three people killed in the crash were all passengers in the planes and that no one on the ground was hurt. The NTSB also says it could take more than a year for investigators to determine exactly what caused the crash.

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