Helicopter, small aircraft collide midair

A helicopter and small aircraft collided midair near Sherman Island, but there were no major injuries. (Photo courtesy KXTV)

February 19, 2012 8:42:23 PM PST
No injuries were reported in a midair collision near Rio Vista Municipal Airport this evening that caused a helicopter to crash, according to Federal Aviation Administration officials.

A Beechcraft Bonanza airplane collided with a Robinson R22 helicopter near the Solano County airport this evening, causing the helicopter to crash 8 miles south of the airport, according to Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman.

The airplane was able to land short of the Byron Airport in Contra Costa County and reported no injuries. The helicopter's pilot also reportedly refused medical treatment, Gregor said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this accident.

The NTSB typically posts a preliminary report within a week or two of the accident, but can often take months to determine a probable cause, Gregor said.