2 dead after planes collide mid-air in Volusia County

- Emergency officials are on scene where two planes collided in Edgewater Saturday morning.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the area State Road 442 near Interstate 95 around 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

The Edgewater Fire Rescue Department found the two planes in a wooded area, west of Southbound I-95.

The Edgewater Fire Rescue Department also said both pilots of the planes died in the collision and they are trying to determine if anyone else was injured in the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Air Safety Investigator Dan Boggs was on scene Saturday and said the planes are a Cessna 170 and a Grumman Tiger that he believes were practicing formations with a group of other planes.

"Preliminary information is telling me there were approximately six aircrafts that we have not confirmed that were practicing formation flying,” Boggs said.

The Edgewater Police Chief David Arcieri said that it is still not known if the pilots were practicing for a nearby air show.

Officials with the Melbourne Air and Space Show confirmed that all of their pilots are accounted for and this was not air show-related.

Boggs said his fellow investigators from the NTSB in Washington are on the way and are expected to arrive on Sunday to figure out exactly what happened.

"We will go through the aircrafts mechanically and make sure there wasn't anything wrong with the engines or airframes or systems on it,” Boggs said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will also be investigating.

Fox 35's David Williams spoke with Megan O'Keefe, who witnessed this morning's deadly plane collision.

She says she and her husband walked through the brush to try to find the victims this morning.

"The pilots acted heroically," she said. "They landed in the woods when they could have landed on 95."

No other details have been released as of yet, but this story is still developing.

The Edgewater Fire Rescue Department believes the investigation will be on-going for several days.

Edgewater Police will remain on the scene until the investigation is complete and the plane wreckage can be removed.

The medical examiner has not yet released the names of the deceased pilots.

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