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Two planes collide over San Francisco Bay

April 28, 2014, Richmond, Ca. - Crews were searching the northern part of San Francisco Bay for a pilot after two small planes collided while heading home from a show, sending one aircraft crashing into the water while the other one safely reached its destination.


April 28, 2014
By The Associated Press

Debris was found in San Pablo Bay after Sunday afternoon's collision
near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Coast Guard Petty Officer Loumania
Stewart said. Crews have not found signs of the downed pilot, but
officials said they planned to search through the night.

 

The collision involved a single-engine Cessna 210 and a
single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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The Cessna went into the bay and the Sea Fury's
pilot was able to land 40 minutes later at Eagle's Nest Airport in the
small Northern California city of Ione, Gregor said.

 

Amador County firefighters and
medics sent to the Ione airport were not needed because the pilot and
passenger in the Sea Fury — a husband and wife — were not injured,
county Undersheriff Jim Wegner said.

 

Both planes had departed from Eagle's Nest
Airport to participate in the Pacific Coast Dream Machines, an annual
festival at Half Moon Bay Airport that features a variety of planes,
motorcycles, and cars. Both planes left Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles
south of San Francisco, and were on their return flight to Ione.

 

Witnesses at Point San Pablo
Yacht Harbor told the San Francisco Chronicle that the Cessna spiraled
out of control and crashed into the choppy water after the collision.

 

Wegner wouldn't discuss damage to the Sea Fury,
citing the ongoing investigation by the FAA and the National
Transportation Safety Board.

 

FAA records indicate the Sea Fury, a
vintage British fighter plane, is registered to Sanders Aeronautics Inc.
in Ione. A man who answered the phone at the company's listed number
declined to comment.