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Private planes collide in California, at least 4 dead

Jan. 21, 2008, Corona, CA - Two private planes flying about two kilometres from a California airport collided Sunday.


January 21, 2008
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 21, 2008, Corona, CA – Two private planes flying about two kilometres
from a California airport collided Sunday, killing at least four
people and raining debris down on car dealerships below, authorities
said.

The small Cessnas collided at 3:35 p.m. local time near the small
Corona Municipal airport and a freeway in Riverside County, about 70
kilometres southeast of Los Angeles, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer
said.

Three of the dead were from the planes and the fourth was in a
car hit by debris on the ground, Kenitzer said.

Kenitzer did not immediately know where either plane was headed
or whether there were any distress calls.

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The Corona airport does not have a staffed control tower, he
said.

Debris fell on car dealerships and television showed the smashed
fuselage of one of the planes landed atop a parked car.

“The smaller aircraft…just disintegrated into pieces, maybe 50
pieces coming down,'' witness Jeff Hardin told KABC-TV.

“The other aircraft pretty much stayed intact and started
spiralling down.''

Witness Hector Hernandez said he saw bodies falling from the sky.

“One of them crashed into the top of a Ford Mustang and another
one fell not too far behind that one on the parking lot,'' Hernandez
told KCBS-TV.

Police were going through the dealerships to see i