Authorities Id 2 Killed In Chandler Chopper-Plane Collision

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two people killed last week when a helicopter collided mid-air with a single-engine airplane outside a suburban Phoenix airport.

Chandler police Sgt. Jason McClimans said Thursday that 34-year-old Michael Papendick and 27-year-old Jessica Brandal died at the scene by Chandler Municipal Airport.

Police are not releasing the names of the two people who were on the aircraft. But they were not injured.

The Chandler Fire Department received reports of a fire in a brush field next to the airport Friday morning. Crews discovered the helicopter's burning wreckage and were able to put the fire out quickly.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration continue to investigate the incident.

The chopper was operated by Quantum Helicopters and the plane by Flight Operations Academy. Both are flight schools, according to police. The owner of Flight Operations Academy had said a flight instructor and student were the only occupants of the aircraft.

Chandler Municipal Airport is considered one of the nation’s 50 busiest general aviation airports with more than 200,000 flight operations a year, according to Chandler’s tourism office.