New Year's Eve Flights Collide Midair Over Texas

One plane hit another plane's tail shortly after takeoff in a collision that killed at least three people.
1:54 | 01/02/17

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for New Year's Eve Flights Collide Midair Over Texas
We move on now to a deadly mid-air accident. Two planes colliding over Texas on new year's eve killing at least three people. An investigation is now under way. ABC's Ryan Smith is here with details. Good morning, Ryan. Good morning, robin. Overnight the NTSB investigating this hair rowing crash so violent people forced to take cover as debris fell from the sky. A terrifying mid-air crash. Cell phone video capturing flames and a dark plume of smoke as one plane crashed into a storage unit. The other into this busy shopping center parking lot. It looked like they were doing acrobatic maneuvers. Reporter: Two of the three victims identified. Gregory barber, a retired air force kernel, and his 18-year-old son Tim. Moments after he took off and into his first turn, a plane struck his tail. One of the planes slid into the other one. This scene so tough to watch, you can hear someone in this video telling a little girl to close her eyes. Honey, I understand, but just close your eyes. Reporter: Charles Drexler saw the crash, capturing this video moments later. They hit so hard. You can tell they were going really fast and there was a big explosion. Reporter: The FAA confirming both pilots were operating under visual flight rules, meaning visibility must be several miles so pilots can see potential issues and avoid them. You heard a loud crashing bang and one of them came pretty much straight down. The other one had a little control but he was coming down. There was no stopping him. Reporter: The barbers respected in their community. 18-year-old son Tim barber just recently entering air force academy. NTSB investigators are expected on the ground today. Breaks your heart. Ryan, thank you very much.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"1:54","description":"One plane hit another plane's tail shortly after takeoff in a collision that killed at least three people.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/GMA","id":"44509676","title":"New Year's Eve Flights Collide Midair Over Texas","url":"/GMA/video/years-eve-flights-collide-midair-texas-44509676"}