A US Coast Guard search is underway in the waters off the Port of Los Angeles, looking for 3 people missing after two light planes collided in mid air.
Local media are reporting the crash happened Friday afternoon when the two aircraft apparently collided at an altitude of about 3,100 feet before vanishing from radar screens. A fishing boat reportedly saw a small plane plunge into the water and the L.A. Fire Department says rescuers are finding small debris scattered about a mile off shore.
A small flotilla of rescue boats and divers helped in an overnight search, but no survivors were found...
A US Coastguard captain Jennifer Williams said: "We found log book of one of the pilots and helped us ascertain that there would be two people in one of the aircraft, we've since learned that there was one aircraft was overdue"
The Coast Guard report the 3 people believed to be involved in the crash were two men ages 61 and 81, and one female, age 72.
Authorities have created a safety zone around the crash site to keep the area clear of other traffic while they do their search and recovery.
Sources: US Coastguard, Reuters, ABC, LAFD,
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