STAUNTON, Va. (AP) -- A federal safety agency's report says a small airplane was in the wrong traffic pattern when it collided with a medical transport helicopter in December 2010, killing two people near a rural airport in the Shenandoah Valley.
The National Transportation Safety Board report says the collision sheared off the right wing of the Cessna 172H and the plane plummeted 500 feet to the ground.
Killed were 32-year-old flight instructor Jason A. Long of Edinburg and 19-year-old student Jacob H. Kiser of Grottoes.
The report said Long was piloting the plane.
The crash occurred a half-mile north of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave. Authorities said the helicopter was able to land in a field, and the three people aboard walked away unhurt.