Lifestyle & Belief

Planes collide over Southern California, killing 2, while three others walk away


An American Flyers Pilot Training School instructor and student taxi in a Cessna 172 single-engine plane - like those that collided over Southern California.


Tim Boyle

A second body was found Tuesday following Monday's midair collision between two small planes over Southern California, reported the Associated Press

A small plane crashed and burned after a midair collision with another small plane that managed to make a belly landing on a golf course, authorities said. Three people were injured, and authorities on Tuesday found a second crash victim's body in a remote area of the Santa Monica Mountains, said AP

The mountain collision sent one plane crashing into a ridge in Calabasas, killing the pilot, and forced the other to "belly flop" on the fairway of Westlake Golf Course, the Associated Press reported.

The plane that crashed sparked a fire in rocky terrain in Calabasas on Monday.

Firefighters responding to a report of a small wildfire at about 2 p.m. spotted the aircraft debris, put out the fire and began a search for survivors, the Montana Standard cited county fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson as saying.  

The Cessna 172 plane had reportedly taken off from Santa Monica Airport in order to test its engine and was flying east.

The other plne was also a single-engine Cessna 172, and flying west at an altitude of 3,500 feet when it collided with the second plane.

Golfers at Westlake were stunned to see the plane drop onto the fairway and then three people walk away.

Aaron Jesse, 47, told the Los Angeles Times that he had left work early for a round with friends at Westlake Golf Course and saw the low-flying plane hit a tree, spin around 180 degrees and land surprisingly gently.

"Finally being a bad golfer paid off. I hit it in the trees to the right. They landed 50 feet to the left of us in the center of the fairway. All we heard was a thud and then he made a gentle bounce and slid down the center of the fairway."

One of those on board was later hospitalized, complaining of back pain.