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Pilots die after planes collide in the skies

June 5, 1997

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Two single-engine aircraft collided in the skies southeast of Asheboro on Wednesday, killing both pilots.

A Cessna 305 and a Piper J3 Cub crashed at about 5:50 p.m. in a pasture about 260 feet apart, a state public safety spokesman said.

There were no passengers on board.

One of the victims had a license bearing the name James Peddycord, an emergency dispatcher said. The other pilot was not immediately identified.

``Mid-air collisions are complicated because we have to match damage from one airplane to the other to determine the angle of impact,″ said Jorge Prellezo of the National Transportation Safety Board’s office in Miami.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration’s regional office in Atlanta were on their way to the site to assist the NTSB.

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