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Two Planes Collide In Mid-Air Over Fauquier County: Two Dead, One Injured

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WARRENTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia State Police say two people died and another was injured after two planes collided in mid-air in Fauquier County shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say they recovered two bodies from a six-seater aircraft after the Monday afternoon collision, which caused the planes to crash a mile apart from each other. One of the planes caught fire upon impact with the other plane.

The pilot of the second plane was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. His condition was not immediately known but a spokeswoman said he spoke to troopers.

Late Monday authorities said they had a pretty good idea of the identities of the deceased, but would not release their names until they had been confirmed.

The name of the victim transported to the hospital is being withheld until State Police are able to reach essential family.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said both planes were small, private aircraft. She said the plane operated by the pilot was injured appeared to be inbound for the Warrenton-Fauquier airport. Brown said that plane, a Piper PA-28, landed safely.

No further details were immediately available. Brown said FAA investigators were dispatched to the scene.

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