On Thursday, two planes collided in Northern California as they attempted to land at a nearby airport, killing at least two of the three people on board, according to officials.
According to a tweet from the city of Watsonville, the collision happened at the Watsonville Municipal Airport just before 3 o’clock.
Collision happened during landing
“There were two people in a twin-engine Cessna 340 and just the pilot in a single-engine Cessna 152 when they crashed. Multiple fatalities were reported, though it wasn’t immediately clear if anyone survived.”According to the Federal Aviation Administration
According to a statement from the FAA, the collision happened as the pilots were making their final approaches to the airport. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the crash but did not immediately have any additional information.
No injuries on ground
On the ground, nobody was hurt. One small plane’s wreckage was visible in a grassy field near the airport in pictures and videos from the scene that were shared on social media. One image displayed a smoke plume that was visible from a street close to the airport.
A photo from the city of Watsonville showed firefighters on the scene and damage to a small building at the airport. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office received calls from the Watsonville Police Department but was unable to provide information due to lack of resources.
The distance from San Francisco to Watsonville, near the Monterey Bay, is about 100 miles (160 kilometres). On Thursday, two additional pilots suffered injuries in other aviation accidents in California.
According to authorities, a San Diego man, 65, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries when his single-engine plane crashed in El Cajon close to a busy freeway overpass. Nobody on the ground was hurt in the city, which is located about 20 miles (32 kilometres) northeast of downtown San Diego, despite the plane reportedly hitting an SUV.
Later, at the Camarillo Airport in Ventura County, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) from downtown Los Angeles, an ultralight pilot was seriously hurt when the aircraft crashed upside down on a building.
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