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The World : 9 Killed in Mid-Air Crash

May 18, 1987

Two light airplanes collided in the air over Belgium, killing all nine people aboard--four Britons in one plane and five Belgians on a parachutists' flight, Belgian police reported. Police officials said they did not know why the planes collided in clear weather about 1 p.m., crashing into fields about 10 miles west of Antwerp near Sint Niklaas. A spokesman for the Sint Niklaas police identified the four British victims aboard a Piper PA-28 as pilot Barry Smart, July Adams, David Keal and his wife, Patricia, all from Bristol. The other plane, a Cessna 185, was flown by experienced Belgian pilot Rob Denijs and carried four unidentified members of a parachute club in Zoersel, the spokesman said.

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