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Two Killed When Small Planes Collide

December 29, 1985

CADDO MILLS, Texas (AP) _ Two private planes trying to land on the same runway collided in the air Saturday, killing two people in one of the planes, officials said.

An acrobatic Pitts biplane landed safely after the accident at the Caddo Mills Municipal Airport in northeast Texas, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox.

The Pitts plane was circling for a landing when it clipped the tail of the single-engine Cessna Skyhawk, which crashed into a wheat field, he said.

″Both planes were on final approach to the same runway and apparently didn’t see each other,″ said airport Manager A.C. Williams. ″I don’t know how something like that could happen, unless they were in a blind spot to each other.″

Michael Lee Watkins, 40, and Mike Craig Neves, 43, both of Garland, were pronounced dead at the scene by Hunt County Justice of the Peace Mickey Money.

Wayne Smith of Sachse, the pilot of the biplane, and passenger Danny Faulkner of Garland were not injured, Williams said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were called to investigate the accident, Cox said.

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