Three people have died following a mid-air collision between two small planes in Texas, USA, on Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the collision occurred shortly after 17:30 near Aero Country Airport. Gregory Barber, 55, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and his son 18-year old Tim Barber of Farmersville were two of the victims who died.
Witnesses reported seeing the planes taking off together, and when they made a left turn, one crashed into the other, according to FOX News. Those driving along the road said they spotted the aircrafts flying low to the ground and one spiraling into North Custer Road.
"Both aircraft were flying under Visual Flight Rules and were not in contact with air traffic control at the time of the collision," Lynn Lunsford with the FAA said. McKinney police described the scene as "widespread".
A family spokesperson said Tim was on break from the Air Force Academy. Greg served in the Air Force. He was a Scoutmaster in Farmersville and active in his church.
A witness said one plane clipped the tail of the other, sending both to the ground. One aircraft fell into a storage facility. The other landed in the middle of busy Custer Road near Virginia Parkway.
The pilot in the other plane was identified as Robert Navar of Frisco. His family asked for privacy in their time of grief.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the investigation could take up to a year to complete. Investigators are hoping to find surveillance video from nearby businesses that might add to what eyewitnesses saw.
Country Airport does not have an air traffic control tower, meaning pilots have to announce their landings and takeoffs via radio. The cause of the collision is under investigation.