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3 dead, 2 injured in helicopter-plane crash in Frederick

A small plane and a helicopter crashed in mid-air near Frederick Municipal Airport. Three are confirmed dead and two injured.

Three people were killed and two others were injured in a crash between a plane and a helicopter at Frederick Municipal Airport Thursday, State Police said.

State Police identified the three who died as Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster; Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland; and William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colo. All three were aboard the helicopter during the crash, police said.

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The two men on the plane, Scott V. Graeves, 55, of Brookeville, and Gilbert L. Porter, 75, of Sandy Spring, were taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Meritus Health hospital in Hagerstown, where they were treated and released Thursday night, police said.

Graeves was piloting the airplane and Porter was his passenger, police said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cirrus SR22 airplane coming in for a landing at Frederick Municipal Airport collided at about 3:40 p.m. with a helicopter that was involved in a training exercise near the intersection of Monocacy Boulevard and Hughes Ford Road.

Rescue crews found the airplane and helicopter relatively close to each other and about one-quarter to one-half mile from the airport, Frederick County Fire and Rescue Capt. Kevin Fox said.

The Cirrus airplane has an airframe parachute that can be deployed in an emergency. Fox said the parachute was attached to the airplane when emergency crews arrived.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the collision. 

Tribune news service contributed to this report.

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