3 killed in Watsonville mid-air plane crash

Three people were killed Thursday afternoon when two planes crashed in mid-air above the Watsonville Municipal Airport. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the two planes were trying to land when they collided. The single-engine Cessna 152 and the twin-engine, according to the FAA. The pilots were on final approach to the Watsonville Municipal Airport in Watsonville, California when the Cessna 340 crashed. One person was traveling in a Cessna 152 and two in a Cessna 340. No one on the ground was injured. Audio from the planes before they crashed provides a timeline of events leading up to that fatal encounter. Pilot 1: “Watsonville area traffic, twin Cessna 740WJ, one mile, straight, looking for traffic on left field.” Pilot 2: “Yes, I see … you’re behind me.” Pilot 2: “Then I’m coming around, you’re coming at me real quick, man.” Crash 20 seconds after final radio communication. Video: Watsonville plane crash timeline NTSB investigation In a press conference Friday afternoon, the NTSB said they are investigating “man, machine, and environment” to determine what caused the fatal crash. Investigators plan to interview witnesses and investigate the crash scene. The planes will be removed from Watsonville Airport to a safe location on Saturday for further investigation. The NTSB declined to comment on who was who. Inside the plane and where the planes came from. They also refused to answer questions about how fast the planes were going before they collided and crashed. See the full NTSB explanation below. The coroner’s office had not released the identities of the victims Friday afternoon. The names of the victims will be released once the families of the dead are notified, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said.A witness described seeing the planes crash into each other.

Three people were killed Thursday afternoon when two planes crashed in mid-air above the Watsonville Municipal Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the two planes collided as they attempted to land.

The pilots were on final approach to Watsonville Municipal Airport in Watsonville, California, when a single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340 collided, the FAA said. One person was traveling in a Cessna 152 and two in a Cessna 340. No one on the ground was injured.

Chronology

Audio from before the planes crash provides a timeline of events leading up to the fatal encounter.

Pilot 1: “Watsonville area traffic, twin Cessna 740WJ, one mile, straight, looking for traffic on left base.”

Pilot 2: “Yes, I see … you’re behind me.”

Pilot 2: “I’m coming around because you’re coming at me fast, man.”

Crash 20 seconds after final radio contact.

Video: Watsonville plane crash timeline

NTSP probe

The NTSB said at a press conference Friday afternoon that they are investigating “man, machine and environment” to determine what caused the fatal crash.

Investigators plan to interview witnesses and investigate the crash scene. The planes will be removed from Watsonville Airport to a safe location on Saturday for further investigation.

The NTSB declined to comment on who was on board and where the planes came from. They also refused to answer questions about the speed at which the planes were traveling before they collided.

See the full NTSB explanation below

victims

As of Friday afternoon, the identities of the victims had not been released by the coroner’s office.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said the names of the victims will be released once the families of the deceased are notified.

A witness describes seeing the planes crash into each other

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