Planes Land Safely At Area Airport After Mid-Air Collision

Two planes landed safely Friday at an area airport after a mid-air collision in the sky over Central Texas.

(KBTX-TV photo)

COLLEGE STATION (February 1, 2013)--Two planes made emergency landings Friday morning at Easterwood Airport in College Station after a mid-air collision, the Federal Aviation Administration told KBTX-TV in Bryan.

The FAA told the TV station that a Texas A&M Flying Club plane, a two seat Cessna 152, collided in mid-air with another small plane, a four seat Sirrus-22, 8 miles southeast of College Station.

Initial reports from airport officials indicated that a wheel came off the A&M Flying Club plane in mid-flight and fell into the other plane's windshield.

One plane landed with damage to its cockpit windshield.

The second plane made an emergency landing without one of its three wheels.

The A&M Flying Club plane reportedly had a pilot and an instructor in the cockpit.

The instructor took over the controls to land the plane.

The other had just a pilot on board from Austin who was on his way to the area to visit relatives.

Airport emergency crews responded, but both planes landed without incident and no injuries were reported.

The A&M Flying Club is a non-profit and not affiliated with Texas A&M.

Lynn Lunsford with the FAA told KBTX that neither plane was talking to the air traffic control tower at the time of the collision.

The FAA is conducting a full investigation.

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