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Mid-air collision between Cessna 172 and Sonex Xenos leaves three dead

??? Photo courtesy of Bruce Fontaine, via Facebook.?Three people are dead following a mid-air collision between a single-engine Cessna 172 and an experimental Sonex Xenos around 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 17. The crash occurred near Vance Brand Airport (LMO) in Longmont, Colorado. According to the FAA, the Cessna had a pilot and a passenger on board. The Sonex Xenos had just the pilot on board. A Sonex Xenos is a low-wing, two-seat homebuilt aircraft. The Cessna was registered to Spartan Education LLC out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Sonex Xenos was registered to Henry A. Butler, Jr. of Arvada, Colorado.RELATED STORY: Mid-Air collision in California kills 3 peopleThe Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the three victims as Daniel Wilmouth, 22-year-old male, Samuel Fisher, 23-year-old male, and Henry Butler, 69-year-old male.Examinations will be completed and the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation"We heard a loud ‘pop', then my neighbor texted me," Cary Hayes told CBS Colorado. "He saw the planes hit mid-air right over our house." The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the collision. At this time, there is no word on the cause of the crash.
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