Multiple Deaths Reported After Two Planes Crash Above California Airport

Three people have been killed after two planes collided mid-air over Watsonville Municipal Airport in California, Mayor Eduardo Montesino confirmed.

All three people involved in the collision were killed
All three people involved in the collision were killed

A twin-engine Cessna 340 collided with a single-engine Cessna 152 during their final descent, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. One person was on board the Cessna 152 and two people were on board the Cessna 340, the FAA confirmed.

Mr Montesino confirmed that no one on the ground was injured, however, a pet on board one of the planes was also killed.


The city of Watsonville announced the incident on Twitter, saying the crash occurred just before 3 pm on Thursday.


Emergency services at the scene at Watsonville Municipal Airport in California
Emergency services at the scene at Watsonville Municipal Airport in California

In a statement, officials of Watsonville said: "Absolutely saddened to hear about the tragic incident that took the lives of several people. "The City of Watsonville sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who passed."


The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed they are investigating the incident, and said it is not yet clear what caused the two planes to collide.


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