Several people killed after two planes crash in mid-air while trying to land
- There were no injuries reported on the ground and all the victims are believed to have been on the ill-fated planes.
- Cases of planes colliding mid-air are rare. The deadliest such accidents involved two large commercial planes in November, 1996.
Several people have been killed after two planes collided mid-air in California, United States.
The accident happened at around 3PM, local time. It involved a single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340.
Both planes were attempting to land at Watsonville Municipal Airport, says the Federal Aviation Administration in a statement.
There were no injuries reported on the ground and all the victims are believed to have been on the ill-fated planes.
"The City of Watsonville sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who passed," city officials said.
Cases of planes colliding mid-air are rare. Owing to the relatively high velocities involved and the likelihood of subsequent impact with the ground or sea, severe damage or the total destruction of at least one of the aircraft usually results, notes Wikipedia.
One of the deadliest mid-air collisions in history involved a Boeing 747 from Delhi, India, to Saudi Arabia and Kazhakstan Airlines flight 1907, which occurred on November 12, 1996. In the accident, 349 people were killed.
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