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Officials say multiple fatalities have been reported after planes collided mid-air above a California airport Friday morning

The US Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash. Plus, The National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into the matter.



On Thursday, multiple people were killed when two small planes collided over Watsonville, California.

“After a plane crash at Watsonville Municipal Airport, emergency crews from all over the Bay Area rushed to the scene. Multiple deaths have been reported “A tweet was published on the city’s official Twitter account. “At 2:56 pm, a report was sent in. The situation is currently being looked into; more information will be provided as it becomes available.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told PEOPLE that two planes collided “on their final approaches” to Watsonville Municipal Airport, which is about 50 miles south of San Jose. The single-engine Cessna 152 and the twin-engine Cessna 340 both had their origins in California.

Following a crash involving two planes landing at Watsonville Municipal Airport, multiple agencies rushed to the scene. Many people have been reported dead. The report time was 2:56 p.m. A probe has been launched, and we’ll provide updates as they become available. The Official Twitter Feed of the City of Watsonville, California — Updated: August 18, 2022

“Both planes had a single passenger: the Cessna 152 carried one, while the Cessna 340 carried two. There were no reported injuries from those on the ground “The statement went on to say that the FAA will be working with the NTSC to investigate the crash (NTSB).

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PEOPLE has contacted the NTSB for comment but has not yet received a response.

KION46, a CBS affiliate, and ABC News both report that the Watsonville Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) are helping with the investigation.

“We were dispatched to the scene of a plane crash on Aviation Way, near Watsonville Municipal Airport. With the aid of the Watsonville Police Department, we have secured the scene “SCSO wrote on their Facebook page on Thursday around 3:00 PM.

When reached for comment by PEOPLE, Watsonville Police did not immediately respond.

No victims have been positively identified as of this publication.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic event that claimed the lives of several people. Sincere condolences from the City of Watsonville go out to the loved ones of the deceased “View another Watsonville tweet here.

Mayor of Watsonville Ari Parker said, “We are grieving tonight from this unexpected and sudden loss.” To say the least, my heart goes out to you.