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2 small planes collide; one pilot and a passenger are killed, authorities say

By Nick Valencia, CNN
May 29, 2012 -- Updated 0052 GMT (0852 HKT)
The collision happened above Fauquier County about five miles south of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.
The collision happened above Fauquier County about five miles south of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: A midair collision involving two small planes results in two deaths, authorities say
  • NEW: The pilot and a passenger aboard one aircraft died
  • Planes collide about 5 miles south of an airport in Virginia
  • The pilot of the other plane is taken to a hospital

(CNN) -- A pilot and passenger were killed as two small planes collided in the air above Fauquier County, Virginia, on Monday, the FAA and Virginia State Police told CNN.

The midair collision happened about five miles south of the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport around 4 p.m.

"One plane has been destroyed by fire," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN. "In that plane, which is believed to be a six-seater aircraft, two bodies have been recovered. State Police are in the process of identifying the pilot and passenger."

The second plane's pilot, an adult male, was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, according to state police.

The two planes crashed to the ground approximately a mile apart from one another, state police said. Parts of the planes and debris were scattered between the two crash sites in a secluded and difficult to access area, state police said.

As to what caused the crash some 50 miles from Washington, D.C., "that remains under investigation at this time" state police said.

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