230317190533 mesa az plane collision


Two people on board a single-engine plane were injured Friday after a collision with another plane during an aerial demonstration in Mesa, Arizona, officials said.

The collision, which happened at Falcon Field Airport before 1 p.m. local time, left the two injured people trapped after returning to the runway in a Yakovlev Yak-52, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Arriving at the scene, officials found that the stricken plane’s landing gear failed, and “the aircraft broke in half behind the cockpit, the plane went nose down and came to a stop on the runway,” the Mesa Fire and Medical Department said in a news release.

The two people were extracted from the plane and evaluated on scene for minor injuries, Mesa officials said, adding there were a total of three airplanes participating in formation at the time of the incident.

The other single-engine aircraft involved in the collision, a Ryan Navion, landed safely with one person on board, the FAA said.

The collision is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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