Official: 3 killed when plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Firefighters respond to a mid-air collision between an airplane and a helicopter near the Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Frederick, Md. A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured in the accident. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Graham Cullen)
Firefighters respond to a mid-air collision between an airplane and a helicopter near the Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Frederick, Md. A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured in the accident. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Graham Cullen)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured Thursday when an airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue said the collision occurred at 3:40 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a Cirrus SR22 aircraft was heading to the airport and an R44 helicopter was involved in a training exercise when the collision occurred near the southwest corner of the airport. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Fox says it’s not clear how the collision occurred or which victims were aboard which aircraft.

The injured victims were taken to Meritus Medical Center’s trauma center in Hagerstown. Fox did not know the extent of their injuries, and a hospital spokeswoman said the patients’ conditions were undetermined.

Aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore showed an airplane that had crashed into a stand of trees. A Maryland State Police spokeswoman says troopers are investigating the possibility that a shed was struck by one or both of the aircraft after the collision.

The airport opened in 1948. It has two runways.

Nurse Nina Pham arrived at the airport last week from Dallas on her way to treatment for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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