New Delhi: Two people were killed and two others were injured when a helicopter and a gyrocopter collided in midair at an airport in Wisconsin on Saturday, authorities said.
The accident happened shortly after noon local time at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, where the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was holding its annual fly-in convention and air show.
The aircraft involved was a Rotorway 162F helicopter and an ELA Eclipse 10 gyrocopter, both belonging to individuals attending the convention, but not participating in the air show, according to a statement from the EAA.
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said that two people died at the scene and two others were taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of family members.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of the collision, which forced the airport to halt operations for some time. The air show resumed after a short delay.
This was the second fatal aircraft incident in Wisconsin on Saturday. Earlier in the morning, a single-engine North American T-6 aircraft crashed into Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh, killing both occupants. The NTSB is also probing that case.