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2 dead in small plane collision in western N.Y.

LANCASTER, N.Y. – Two people, including a child, were killed when two small planes collided in western New York on Saturday at an event to introduce children to aviation, officials said.

The crash killed the pilot of one plane and a boy who was a passenger, Lancaster Police Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. told The Buffalo News. The Federal Aviation Authority said the planes collided about six miles east-southeast of Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport about 10:40 a.m.

The midair collision involved a Cessna 172 and a SeaRey amateur-built aircraft, the FAA said. Authorities said the SeaRey landed safely in a field in Alden but the Cessna crashed in Lancaster.

Capt. Gregory Savage of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department said the pilot of the SeaRey and a 9-year-old girl walked away from that plane.

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