Two small aircraft collided while attempting to land at an airfield in Santa Cruz County, California, where authorities have reported “multiple” fatalities.
The crash occured at approximately 2.56pm PST at the Watsonville Municipal Airport. Multiple agencies responded to the scene around 3.37p.m., according to city officials.
A single engine Cessna and a twin engine Cessna appear to have collided on final approach.
No one on the ground was injured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There were reportedly at least three people onboard the aircrafts.
The agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating, according to reports.
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National Transportation Safety Board confirms investigation
01:45 , Alex Woodward
The National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents, is joining the investigation into a collision that killed at least three people on Thursday.
The NTSB is investigating the mid-air collision Thursday between a Cessna 152 and a Cessna 340A in Watsonville, California.
— NTSB Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) August 19, 2022
Three people believed to be dead following small aircraft collision
01:26 , Alex Woodward
One person was aboard a Cessna 152 and two people were onboard a Cessna 340 when the planes collided while apparently trying to land at a small airport in the city of Watsonville, California, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Multiple agencies responded to Watsonville Municipal Airport after 2 planes attempting to land collided. We have reports of multiple fatalities.
Report came in at 2:56pm.
Investigation is underway, updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/pltHIAyw5p
— City of Watsonville (@WatsonvilleCity) August 18, 2022
Three people were were on board planes, no injuries on the ground, according to FAA
Friday 19 August 2022 00:52 , Alex Woodward
The Federal Aviation Administration reports that three people were onboard the two planes that collided on Thursday afternoon.
One plane went down in a nearby field and another crashed into an airport hangar.
No injuries were reported on the ground.
Video shows crash remains
Friday 19 August 2022 00:48 , Alex Woodward
Video from NBC Bay Area shows a downed plane after a crash at Watsonville Municipal Airport in Santa Cruz County, California.
— scott budman (@scottbudman) August 18, 2022
Breaking news: Two planes collide in midair at California airport causing ‘multiple fatalities’
Friday 19 August 2022 00:46 , Alex Woodward
The Federal Aviation Administration says that a single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340 “collided while the pilots were on their final approaches.”