Police identify 2 who died in midair crash
The Virginia State Police have identified the two men who were killed Friday afternoon when their single-engine airplane collided midair with a medical helicopter near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.
Jacob H. Kiser, 19, of Grottoes, Va., and Jason A. Long, 22, of Edinburg, Va., died at the scene of the crash, according to the police.
They were the only occupants of the 1967 Cessna 172 plane, which was owned by Michael Price of Elkton, Va.
The medical helicopter was returning to the airport after flying a patient to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, according to police, and safely landed after the collision about 2:30 p.m. Police said the helicopter’s three occupants — a pilot and two flight nurses — were unharmed. The 2005 Eurocopter is owned by PHI AirMedical, police said.
No cause for the crash has been announced. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.