Authorities said Thursday that “multiple” people were killed when two planes collided over a California airport.
The number of fatalities was unclear at first, according to Michelle Pulido, a spokesperson for the city of Watsonville.
According to Pulido, the crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m. as the planes were attempting to land at Watsonville Municipal Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement identifying the aircraft as a Cessna 340 with two people aboard and a Cessna 152 with one person. According to the organization, the crash occurred as the two were making their final approaches.
Images published by the municipality appeared to depict plane debris.
The cause of the collision was initially mysterious. The city has said that they are looking into the matter.
According to a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board, they are currently looking into the air crash.
On Thursday night, Watsonville released a statement saying, “We are absolutely saddened to hear about the tragic incident that took the lives of several people,” and offering condolences to the victims’ loved ones.
Located on Monterey Bay, about two hours south of San Francisco, is the town of Watsonville.
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