Fatal crash was second in 2 years for company

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A midair collision that killed a pilot last week northwest of Aurora State Airport was the second fatal crash in a little more than two years for aircraft owned by Hillsboro Aviation.

A Hillsboro flight instructor and a student were in a Piper Seminole on Tuesday that collided with a Beechcraft Bonanza piloted by 58-year-old Stephen Watson of Beaverton. Watson died in the crash.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/vVJXwU) reports a company flight instructor, 34-year-old Douglas Doty, and 32-year-old student Thomas Christopher Hagner of Hillsboro, died in September 2009 when their helicopter crashed south of Forest Grove.

Investigators concluded the helicopter did not maintain adequate main rotor speed, stalled and descended uncontrolled.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says he expects to issue a preliminary report on the recent crash next week.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com