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Fatalities in US as planes collide over California airport

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Two small planes collided above an airport in California on Thursday, officials said, with multiple fatalities reported.

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Federal aviation authorities said two people were on board a twin-engine Cessna 340, and one person was flying in a single-engine Cessna 152.



The planes “collided while the pilots were on their final approaches to Watsonville Municipal Airport,” a small facility around 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

“No injuries were reported to anyone on the ground,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement to AFP.

The FAA statement did not specify whether all three people on board the planes had died.

The scene where two planes collided over a California airport leading to fatalities. (Twitter)
The scene where two planes collided over a California airport leading to fatalities. (Twitter)



The City of Watsonville’s official social media accounts reported “multiple fatalities.”

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation.

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