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Tue, Mar 23, 2010

Three Killed In Florida Mid-Air Collision

Piper PA-32, RV-6 Involved In Accident

Two aircraft collided in mid-air in central Florida Saturday, killing the three people on board the planes. The accident happened in VFR conditions on a clear, sunny day near Williston, FL.

A witness told the Associated Press that she heard what sounded like a gunshot near her home, and discovered the RV-6 upside down in a field nearby. The Piper was found burning in a densely wooded area less than a quarter-mile away.

Authorities found the bodies of two people in the Piper. Their names are being withheld pending notification of relatives. The pilot of the RV-6 has been identified as Lee Hanley Sentman III, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

The amateur-built/experimental SportPlane reportedly departed from Ocala, while the Piper had taken off from Williston Municipal airport, but further details are sketchy. "There are a lot of unknowns right now," said Levy County(FL) Sheriff's Office Capt. Evan Sullivan.

** Report created 3/22/2010 Record 21 **
IDENTIFICATION
 Regis#: 788LL Make/Model: EXP Description: RV6
 Date: 03/20/2010 Time: 1605
 Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: Y Missing: N
 Damage: Unknown

LOCATION
 City: WILLISTON State: FL Country: US

DESCRIPTION
N788LL EXPERIMENTAL RV-6 AIRCRAFT AND N823AG PIPER PA32R AIRCRAFT COLLIDED 4 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT, THE ONE PERSON ON BOARD N788LL AND THE TWO PERSONS ON BOARD N823AG WERE FATALLY INJURED, NEAR WILLISTON, FL

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 1
 # Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
 # Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
 # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
WEATHER: OCF 1555Z 07005 10 CLR A3013
OTHER DATA
 Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER
 FAA FSDO: ORLANDO, FL (SO15) Entry date: 03/22/2010

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.ntsb.gov

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