- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings into a fatal midair plane collision in New York.

The NTSB says witnesses reported seeing a plane fly into another plane that had taken off earlier, shearing off the first plane’s tail before both planes crashed.

Both pilots and a passenger were killed in the Sept. 24 accident in North Collins, about 20 miles south of Buffalo. The two planes were the first of six to take off for a group outing to Pennsylvania.

The NTSB says the first plane, a Cessna, left before the others because it was slower and needed more time to reach the destination. A Piper followed.

Paul Rosiek (ROH’-zehk), of Hamburg, was killed in the Cessna. Richard and Kathleen Walker, of Eden, died in the Piper.

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