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Both victims in Chandler plane, helicopter crash identified

Police said 34-year-old Michael Papendick and 27-year-old Jessica Brandal were in the helicopter that collided with a small plane.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Both victims in a deadly mid-air crash above Chandler Municipal Airport have been identified by authorities.

The Chandler Police Department said 34-year-old Michael Papendick and 27-year-old Jessica Brandal were in the helicopter that collided with a small plane on Oct. 1.

Papendick and Brandal’s helicopter crashed and caught fire, but the plane’s pilot was able to make an emergency landing.

“I had I had a hunch that that was him," Papendick’s wife Rebecca said after hearing reports of the crash. "I was really hoping it wasn't him.”

Credit: Rebecca Papendick
Michael Papendick with his 11-month-old daughter and wife Rebecca.

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Papendick was a Navy veteran who was training to become a pilot.

The two aircraft were operated by the Quantum Helicopters and Flight Operations Academy flight schools.

NTSB officials along with the FAA are investigating how the collision happened.

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