Multiple dead after 2 small planes collide in mid-air in Colorado

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

Multiple 911 callers reported seeing two planes crash over Boulder County shortly before 9 a.m. local time, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane collided and crashed near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont at 8:50 am.

The collision involved a single-engine Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos aircraft, a type of motor glider, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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First responders found two separate crash sites near Niwot Road, the sheriff’s office said.

There were two people aboard the Cessna 172, the FAA said. The sheriff’s office also said it confirmed there were two people on board the plane, both of whom were found dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office said it had been confirmed at this time that a person was on the plane, who was also found dead at the scene. The FAA said it is not known how many people were on board the second plane.

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The victims have yet to be identified, the sheriff said. Once identified, their names will be released pending notification from the next of kin.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.

Roads near the crash sites will be closed during the investigation, the authorities said Mount View Fire Departmentwho asked people to avoid the area.

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