Two small planes collided at a California airport this Thursday, August 18, with a record of “multiple fatalities,” local authorities reported, without going into details.
Federal aviation authorities reported that two people were aboard a twin-engine Cessna 340 and a third was piloting a single-engine Cessna 152.
The planes “collided while the pilots were on final approach to Watsonville Municipal Airport,” a small facility 80 miles south of San Francisco.
“No people were reported injured on the ground,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported in a statement to AFP.
The FAA did not say whether all of the people on board the planes were killed. However, the city of Watsonville’s official accounts on social media reported “multiple deaths.”
“Several authorities responded to Watsonville Municipal Airport after two planes attempting to land crashed. We have received reports of several deaths. The report came in at 2:56 p.m. Pacific Time. The investigation is ongoing. Updates will follow,” said the city administration via the Twitter network.
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the incident.