2 planes collide mid-air over Calif.

May 18, 2009 7:46:30 PM PDT
Two private planes crashed in mid-air Monday at approximately 5:45 p.m., according to a pilot who reported the incident to the FAA. The crash reportedly occurred five miles south of the Long Beach Hotel Queen Mary.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's authorities were en route to the scene to investigate. L.A. County Fire was also notified.

Sheriff's Air Rescue was in the middle of another rescue, and could not immediately respond to the mid-air crash report.

Sheriff's Dept. and County Fire Dept. helicopters were dispatched to the crash.

A pilot reported the accident to the FAA. FAA authorities are looking for a debris field. The incident is now reportedly a search-and-rescue mission. Coast Guard cutters are part of the search.

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