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Midair collision of small planes kills both pilots

Two small planes collided in midair Monday near St. Lucie County International Airport and crashed into an orange grove, killing both pilots.

The twin-engine Piper Aztec and single-engine Piper Cherokee collided about 1:15 p.m., 3 miles west of the airport.

National Transportation Safety Board officials were investigating. They said both pilots were in contact with the St. Lucie control tower before the collision.

Authorities identified the pilot of the 26-year-old Aztec as Roger Boromei, 31, of Maineville, Ohio. The plane was registered to St. Lucie Petroleum Co.

The Cherokee, built in 1988, was registered to Flight Safety International, a Vero Beach flight school. A spokesman declined to release the pilot's name pending notification of next of kin.

St. Petersburg man bitten

by shark on east coast

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES _ A swimmer out body-boarding suffered minor injuries to a finger when a 2-foot shark bit him Monday.

Jason Armstrong, 25, of St. Petersburg was treated at a hospital and released. He said he was swimming in a pool of other fish when he was bitten.

"When it grabbed on, it felt like it took a couple of good bites," Armstrong said. "I rolled over onto my back and kind of just pulled it off a little."

There have been more than 20 shark attacks off Florida's coast this year. A St. Pete Beach man, Thadeus Kubinski, was killed by a shark near his dock Aug. 30.

Man critically injured during SWAT training

SARASOTA _ A 32-year-old father of three seeking to join a SWAT team was accidentally shot about 6 p.m. Monday during a training exercise.

Michael Yahraus, 32, a Sarasota County paramedic, was among eight people training for law enforcement certification at the Criminal Justice Academy at the Sarasota County Technical Institute.

He was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. A hospital official said he was in very critical condition.

It was unclear to investigators why any live ammunition was being used; none of the officers were to have had real bullets.

Sarasota County sheriff's detectives were trying to determine whether Yahraus injured himself or was shot by another officer.

_ From Sarasota Herald-Tribune

and wire reports

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