Police: Pilots in fatal crash clipped wings

Investigators say the two single-engine planes that crashed in Orange County yesterday clipped wings mid-air before plummeting into the woods below.

William Clark, 53, of Matamoras, Pa., and Gary Delia, 61, of Sussex, N.J., left the Sussex County Airport in New Jersey yesterday afternoon as Clark had been hired to transport a 1968 fixed-wing plane back to Sussex from the Orange County Airport.

Officials say the wings of Clark and Delia's planes somehow came into contact with one another at around 3 p.m., shortly after the two had left the Orange County Airport, causing both planes to crash. The pilots were pronounced dead on the scene in a wooded area of New Hampton.

The severity of the damage in the wreckage led to conflicting reports that three people had been killed, and not two. That was later corrected after it was determined there were only two people involved in the crash.

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