WPR News
10:46 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Planes Crash Mid-Air near Rock Springs, Killing 3

Rock Springs, WY – Authorities say two single-engine planes collided in mid-air yesterday, a few miles from the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport, killing all three people aboard.

Sweetwater County sheriff's spokesman Dick Blust says local officials received 911 calls of an "explosion in the sky" at
close to 12:30 Sunday afternoon.

Blust declined to release additional information, saying authorities are still working to identify the victims and notify
family members.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says one of the planes involved in the crash was a Cirrus SR22 traveling from Polson, Mont., to Rock Springs with two people aboard.

He says the other plane was a Cessna 172 with only the pilot aboard. He says preliminary information showed the Cessna pilot was a student and had been practicing in the Rock Springs area at the
time of the crash.