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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a helicopter was cleared for takeoff at a Maryland airport about two minutes before it crashed with an airplane that was cleared to land.

Three men were killed in the crash Oct. 23 near Frederick Municipal Airport.

Based on the preliminary report Saturday, The Frederick News-Post reports the airplane was cleared to land at 3:34 p.m. The helicopter was cleared for takeoff a minute later.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Three men killed in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and an airplane in Maryland will be laid to rest this week.

The funeral for 29-year-old Christopher Parsons of Westminster, Maryland, will be held Tuesday in Fletcher, Pennsylvania, with visitation on Monday. Visitation for 47-year-old William Jenkins of Morrison, Colorado, is Wednesday in Durst, Pennsylvania. Services are private.

Services for 35-year-old Breandan McFawn of Cumberland, Maryland also are private.

Obituaries say both McFawn and Jenkins were married fathers of two.

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An airplane and a helicopter collided in mid-air near an airport in Frederick, Maryland yesterday killing three and injuring two.

The accident occurred when a Cirrus SR22 plane heading to the Frederick Municipal Airport hit an R44 helicopter that was involved in a training exercise.

Captain Kevin Fox of the Frederick County Fire and Rescue said that the collision happened around 3:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

Fox said the injured victims were taken to Meritus Medical Center’s trauma center in Hagerstown.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines over the next few weeks.

WXDE-FM is reporting that the helicopter will fly low over the Delmarva Power transmission system to inspect and document items that may require attention.