Coast Guard Response to Mid-Air Collision Update

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Coast Guard, Los Angeles City Fire Department and Long Beach Fire Department continued the search off the coast of Long Beach following a report of a mid-air collision, 5 miles southwest of the Long Beach breakwall at 6:10 p.m Monday.

Aircraft and vessels from the Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department will continue the search this morning.

The report of the collision came from a small aircraft in the area that witnessed the collision. The Coast Guard was notified that two small aircraft had collided and crashed into the waters off of Long Beach Harbor. The Coast Guard Command Center in San Pedro immediately dispatched a 41-foot rescue boat from Station Los Angeles and an HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles. The 87-foot patrol boat, Blacktip is currently on scene.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. last night the first of two debris fields were located by the Long Beach Fire Department about 5 miles southwest of the Long Beach breakwall. A second debris field was located shortly thereafter about 3 miles northwest of the first debris field.

A five mile long safety zone has been established around the two debris fields.

It is believed that the two planes were Cessna type aircraft. One of the planes was occupied by a student and instructor pilot. The occupants of the other aircraft have not been confirmed at this time.

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