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Midair Collision Over Tampa Bay Kills 3 Men

September 20, 1987|Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two small planes attempting to land at an airport collided, exploded and crashed into Tampa Bay on Saturday, killing the three men aboard, authorities said.

The bodies of the men were found in the wreckage, which was scattered over half a mile in shallow water near the Albert Whitted Airport, officials said.

"Both aircraft were inbound into the airport and had been talking to the tower" when the collision occurred in good weather, FAA spokesman Jack Barker said.

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