Investigation Continues On Plane Collision
Posted by Kyle Maloney on May 1, 2013 - 1:55:23 PM
SANTA MONICA—A mid-air plane collision on Monday,
April 29, drew investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and
L.A. County Sheriff’s Department after human remains were discovered among the
An L.A. County Fire helicopter takes investigators to the crash site near Calabasas. Photo courtesy Jessica E. Davis.
reports said that the two small planes collided over the Santa Monica
Mountains, just northeast of Ventura, sending one aircraft plummeting and
forcing the other aircraft to make an emergency landing at the Westlake Village
said the pilot of the first aircraft was killed when the plane nose-dived into
the mountains shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday.
of the pilot was discovered that evening near Mulholland Highway and La
Virgenes Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Upon
further investigation, officials discovered a second body in the wreckage.
to officials, the two bodies of the crash could not be identified given the
severity of their burns.
flyers in the second aircraft survived the mid-air collision and emergency
landing, coming away with only minor injuries.
Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board
are continuing to investigate the incident and expect to have a preliminary
report on the cause in a couple weeks.