Plane collision at California Airport claims multiple lives

New Delhi: Several people have been reported dead after two planes collided during landing at a local airport in Northern California on Thursday. The accident occurred in the city of Watsonville, which is near Monterey Bay and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Crash at Watsonville Municipal Airport

Watsonville city officials have informed that the planes crashed at Watsonville Municipal Airport shortly before 3 p.m. According to the information, the city-owned airport does not have a control tower to direct the landing and take-off of the aircraft.

Cessna 340 collides with Cessna 152

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the accident occurred between a twin-engine Cessna 340 and a single-engine Cessna 152. Officials said several people were reported killed but it was not clear whether anyone survived the accident.

Matter being investigated further

The FAA said in a statement that the pilots were on their final exit to the airport before the collision. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, who did not immediately have additional information about the incident, are investigating the matter.

55,000 operations per year

According to the website, the airport has four runways from where more than 300 aircraft take off. It handles over 55,000 operations here a year and is often used for recreational aircraft and agricultural businesses.

Images and videos posted on social media showed the wreckage of a small plane lying in a meadow near the airport. One photo shows a plume of smoke billowing from a road near the airport.


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