GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- Two small private planes collided in flight and crashed near the Goldsboro Wayne Municipal Airport, killing all three people aboard both craft, authorities said.
A Cessna 182 and Piper J3 Cub were preparing for landing about 11:30 a.m. when they collided and crashed about 200 feet short of the runway, airport manager Curtis Waddell said.
There were no injuries or damage on the ground.
Witnesses said the Cessna was flying above the Piper. As the two planes turned into their final approaches for landing, the Cessna descended and hit the Piper, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred Farrar said in Washington.
'This is an uncontrolled airport, meaning there was no tower,' Farrar said. 'They were flying visual flight rules. They are responsible for staying away from each other.'
Both planes crashed short of the runway but did not explode and there was no fire, Waddell said.
The dead were identified as Beaufort Longwith, 45, the pilot of the Cessna, and Herb Howell, 57, and Roger Reason, 37, who were in the Piper.
Longwith was a corporate pilot returning from a trip to Asheville. Howell and Reason were believed to be on a local flying outing, Waddell said.
The FAA sent investigators to try and determine what caused the collision.