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May 3, 2013
A Mid-Air Collision that occurred between two single-engine airplanes in Los Angeles County, California, earlier this week was responsible for claiming the lives of two people and leaving three others injured. Reports indicate the crash occurred at around 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon, roughly 8-miles northeast of Ventura, California.
According to an article from the Malibu Times, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allen Kenitzer, explained that a Cessna 172 aircraft was heading west at approximately 3,100 feet. At around the same time, another Cessna 172 aircraft departed from a Santa Monica airport and was traveling eastbound at the same elevation. Minutes later, the two aircrafts collided.
One of the planes went down in Malibu Canyon, killing both of the individuals who were on board and sparking a fire that burned roughly one-acre of property. Meanwhile, the pilot of the second aircraft was able to bring the plane down on the West Lake Village Golf Course. All three passengers were treated for injuries and were later released.
Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations to determine the cause of the crash and if it could have been prevented.
The Aviation Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the devastation that can be caused by an airplane accident. The firm would like to send their sympathies to the families of those who died and would also like to wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.
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