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Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Near Gillespie County Airport

Planes parked outside of Gillespie County Airport.
Dominic Anthony Walsh
Texas Public Radio
Planes parked outside of Gillespie County Airport

One person has died after a mid-air collision between two aircraft near Fredericksburg on Friday.

According to a report from the Aviation Safety Network and various reports on social media, the two airplanes were reportedly participating in a formation flight practice for Veterans Day this week.

One of the pilots reported trouble retracting the plane’s landing gear, then striking a second plane. The second plane crashed near Gillespie County Airport, killing its sole pilot. The victim was identified as Jim Averett in a Facebook post by the Falcon Flight Formation Team.

The pilot of the other plane was able to make an emergency off-airport landing. Both aircraft were single engine Beechcraft Model 35s. The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed the investigation of the accident.

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Jerry Clayton can be reached at jerry@tpr.org or on Twitter at @jerryclayton.