Pilots in Crash Were Flying Without Traffic Control

Laramie, Wyo. – A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the pilots of two airplanes that collided yesterday afternoon were flying without the help of air traffic control. That's common at Wyoming's small airports.

The FAA's Mike Fergus says just after noon on Sunday, the pilot of a Cirrus plane asked air traffic control for clearance to land at the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County airport.

Fergus says the Cirrus came in for a landing and collided with a Cessna. The Cessna held student pilot Dave Knezovich of Rock Springs. The Cirrus held two men from Illinois and Ohio. All three men were killed. The National Weather Services says skies in the area were mostly clear at the time, with 10-mile visibility. Federal investigators are currently at the scene of the crash. They say the investigation could take six months to a year.