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No injuries reported after 2 small planes collide midair

Updated Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 | 12:40 p.m.

Two small planes sustained significant damage but nobody was injured when they collided midair today near the Nevada-California line, authorities said.

The planes collided about 10:15 a.m. after taking off from the Henderson Executive Airport, said Christine Crews, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Department of Aviation.

A twin-engine Cessna with two people on board was able to make it back to the Henderson airport and landed safely, Crews said.

The other aircraft, a Piper Arrow, landed on a dry lakebed east of Interstate 15 and about a mile south of Primm, authorities said. The pilot, the only person on board, was out of the plane and was walking and talking, Crews said.

The plane was leaking fuel but did not catch fire, Clark Count Fire Department Deputy Chief Jeff Buchanan said.

Both planes sustained significant damage, Crews said.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

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