Midair Crash of 2 Small Planes Leaves 3 People Dead

Authorities are investigating what caused the collision between the two planes, which crashed into a Dallas suburb.
1:39 | 01/02/17

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authorities are investigating a midair crash between two small planes that left three dead. The debris coming down in a fireball on to a busy shopping center. Witnesses say they had to run for cover. Tonight, questions about which pilot may have been at fault. And what may have caused this crash. Here's Adrienne Bankert. Reporter: A horrific midair crash. At least three dead after two planes collide and fall into a Dallas suburb. The fiery wreckage caught on camera. I just don't know there's any chance they could make it. Reporter: Flames and a dark plume of smoke. As one plane crashes into a storage unit. The other, on to this busy street. Looked like they were doing acrobatic maneuvers. Looked like one of the wings had been clipped off. Reporter: The scene, so tough to watch, you could watch someone in the video telling a little girl to close her eyes. Mom! Reporter: Charles Drexler was at his storage unit, and shot this video. They hit so hard, you could tell they were going really fast. There was a big explosion. Reporter: The crash happening just a mile from this small airport. One of 20,000 nontowered airports across the country. There's no one directing traffic, so pilots are on their own. The FAA confirming both were operating under visual flight rules. Meaning visibility must be several miles so pilots can see potential issues and avoid them. It could take quite a while to complete the investigation because of the two crash sites. And the wide debris field over a densely populated area. One man saying he was taking cover as pieces of the planes fell from the sky. Cecilia? Adrienne, thank you. Next tonight, it has been a

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