Sacto 9-1-1
February 19, 2012
Two suffer minor injuries in helicopter-plane collision over Delta

Federal aviation authorities are investigating a mid-air collision that took place tonight when an airplane clipped a helicopter while the two were flying over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The unidentified pilots of the Beechcraft Bonanza airplane and the Robinson R22 helicopter only suffered minor injuries from the 7 p.m. accident that occurred while the two aircraft were in the air over Antioch, according to Sacramento sheriff's officials.

Sacramento sheriff's spokesman Jason Ramos said the airplane was able to make it to Byron Airport in Contra Costa County where it sustained damage upon landing.

The helicopter crashed in a field about eight miles south of the Rio Vista Airport, on Sherman Island near Highway 160, according Ramos and Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor.

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