Multiple people killed when two planes collide over Watsonville

Several people were killed Thursday when two planes collided over Watsonville Municipal Airport in Watsonville, California, officials said.

Both planes appeared about to land at the airport when they collided just before 3 p.m., Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. The airport is about 16 miles east of Santa Cruz.

The planes were a single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A spokesman for the agency said the Cessna 152 had only the pilot on board, and the Cessna 340 had two people on board.

The FAA and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office did not say how many people were killed in the crash Thursday night; It was not clear if there were any survivors among the three plane occupants, and the FAA said no people were injured on the ground.

Pictures posted by the city ​​on twitter showed a plane crashing into an airport hangar. A Video captured by a passing motorist showed what looked like the wreckage of an airplane in a dry grassy field.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ashley Keehn said deputies and firefighters were working to secure the area.

Times contributor Gregory Yee contributed to this report. Multiple people killed when two planes collide over Watsonville

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