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Posted at 5:38 PM ET, 12/31/2010

2 killed as plane, helicopter collide

By Associated Press

WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- Federal aviation officials say a small plane collided with a medical helicopter in the air in rural western Virginia, killing two people on the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the collision occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Friday a half mile north of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.

The two people killed were aboard the Cessna 172 plane. The names of the victims weren't immediately released. Peters said the helicopter was damaged but landed safely with two crew members and a patient aboard.

He says the occupants of the helicopter walked away, and he was not aware of any injuries on the ground.

Peters says the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating

By Associated Press  | December 31, 2010; 5:38 PM ET
Categories:  Aviation, Virginia  
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Something unrelated to this crash you should know about Cessna aircraft fuel tanks:
Cessna undetectable water in the fuel tanks the pilot cannot positively detect during the preflight of the aircraft.
Read NTSB Safety recommendation A-83-6
Read FAA Safety Recomendations 91.283 and 91.284
Read SAIB CE-10-40R1 about trying to prevent water from getting into the fuel tanks. Prevention is real good, but positive detection and elimination of it during the preflight is much better just in case prevention has failed. Sabotage comes to mind.
Read WSJ Air and Water: FAA Tests Put Cloud Over Cessna's Revival Of Single-Engine Planes By Jerry Guidera April 30, 2001
Why did Cessna stop single engine production in 1986?
Why did NTSB close Safety Recommendation A-83-6 in 1986? Why did NTSB mark it as "CLOSED BUT UNACCEPTABLE"?
Why has the NTSB ignored undetectable water in Cessna aircraft for well over two decades, allowing pilots and passengers to die?
Why did Cessna come out with SEB92-25 in 1992? Was 1992 the same year Textron bought Cessna?
Why was GARA passed in 1994 limiting Cessna liability for their aircraft?
Why did Cessna then restart production of single engine aircraft in 1996?
Why did Cessna new production aircraft come with thirteen sump drains?
Could the answer lie in a simple real world test pouring red dyed water into any Cessna fuel tank in its normal ground attitude and then not positively detecting it at any sump drains?

Posted by: rescessna | January 4, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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