One dead, two injured in Valley County midair plane collision

June 28, 2013 

A still taken from the Johnson Creek Airport webcam shows the grassy area where planes take off and land. At least one person was killed and two were injured when two planes collided in midair Friday morning near the airstrip.

JOHNSON CREEK AIRPORT

At least one person is dead in a Valley County two-plane crash. The crash occurred just north of the Johnson Creek Airstrip near Yellow Pine.

There were four people on board the two aircraft. Two are injured, and the condition of the fourth is unknown, according to the Associated Press.

The names of the victims have not been released.

The AP reports the two aircraft, a single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer and a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, collided in midair at 9:50 a.m.

The crash was reported at 9:58 a.m. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office, Cascade Ambulance, Yellow Pine Quick Response Unit and two Life Flight helicopters were dispatched to the location.

The cause of the crash has not been released. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are heading to the scene.

Check back with the Statesman for updates.

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