LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot and child who were killed in a collision involving two small planes at an event to introduce children to aviation in western New York.
Officials tell The Buffalo News that 78-year-old Anthony Mercurio and 14-year-old James Metz died in the Saturday morning collision about 6 miles from Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport .
The Federal Aviation Administration says the midair crash involved a Cessna 172 and a SeaRey amateur-built aircraft.
The SeaRey was piloted by 59-year-old Kevin D’Angelo, of Orchard Park, and landed safely in a field in Alden. His 9-year-old passenger was not identified.
The Experimental Aircraft Association told the newspaper that both planes were flying as part of an event called the Young Eagles rally.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.