California was the scene of the fatal crash. It occurred on a private airfield without any traffic control towers.
California officials say multiple people died in an air collision that occurred mid-air over a small strip of runway. They also claim the incident happened at low altitude, as both planes tried to land at once.
A Watsonville official account, California, noted the incident via a Twitter on Thursday. It stated that there had been reports of “multiple fatalities”Watsonville Municipal Airport “after 2 planes attempting to land collided.”The image also shows a damaged structure on the airport’s airfield that was severely damaged in the accident.
Later, the city offered condolences for the victims’ families and said that the tragedy had been deeply felt. “took the lives of several people.”
According to the Associated Press, at least two persons were killed in this collision that involved a Cessna 340 twin-engine Cessna 152 and a Cessna 340 single-engine Cessna 340.
Numerous agencies responded at Watsonville Municipal Airport to assist with 2 attempts to land. There are multiple deaths. We received the report at 2:56 PM. pic.twitter.com/pltHIAyw5p
— City of Watsonville (@WatsonvilleCity) August 18, 2022
Both people aboard the Cessna 340 lost their lives, though the outlet added it was “not immediately clear” whether the pilot of the other craft, its sole occupant, survived. There were no injuries on the ground, despite extensive damage to the airport.
Local media footage showed one plane’s wreckage in a field. The other was seen amid the remains of the structure it hit after smashing through one of its walls.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAR) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have confirmed the accident and said that they will continue to investigate the matter. There are not many details available and it is unclear what caused the crash.
A witness said that the planes had been only 200 feet from the ground at the time they collided. He also stated that one aircraft struck the right side of the other’s wing. “just spiraled down and crashed”Around the perimeter of this airfield. He stated that the twin-engine aircraft was being used. “was struggling”It was in the air for a while, then crashed into a nearby building before it burst into flames.
According to the AP, Watsonville Municipal Airport is a city-owned airport with four runways. It does not include an air traffic tower that can help aircraft coordinate take-offs and landings. The site is often used by recreational pilots flying smaller aircraft such as the two Cessnas involved in Thursday’s collision.
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