Three dead as two small planes collide in mid-air near Denver

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Denver, Colorado, U.S., plane crash
One of the planes crashed in a field, the other in a stand of trees, near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado, about 30 miles north of Denver. (PA Photo)

Two small planes have collided in mid-air near Denver, Colorado, killing three people, authorities in the US said.

It was not known what might have caused the crash between the four-seater Cessna 172 and the Sonex Xenos, a light, aluminium, homebuilt aircraft that can seat two.

Nearby residents who heard the crash and rushed outside told CBS affiliate 9News in Denver they were surprised the planes could have struck each other on such a clear morning.

One of the planes crashed in a field, the other in a stand of trees, near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado, about 30 miles north of Denver.

Two people were found dead in one wreckage, and one person in the other, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating.

The NTSB said a preliminary report would be released in about 15 days.

The collision happened just before 9am local time on Saturday.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

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