Two pilots in northern California are counting their lucky stars today after escaping a mid-air collision not just alive -- but practically unscathed.
Sunday evening a helicopter and a small plane barreled into each other in the skies near the state capital of Sacramento, sending both aircrafts hurtling into the ground, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.
The plane's pilot emerged from his damaged craft without assistance, but the Fire Department had to recover the woman flying the helicopter from the wreckage of the crash about 8 miles south of Rio Vista Airport.
"She was a little shaken up, but she was completely with it. The person that was flying it was very lucky - very lucky - to walk away pretty much uninjured," said Fire Department Captain Brandon Wilson. "Absolutely a best-case scenario, very lucky for everybody involved."
The helicopter was a Robinson R22 and the small plane it hit was a Beechcraft Bonanza.