Wreckage from Los Angeles plane crash found

May 19th, 2009 - 11:13 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

The US Coast Guard has found debris from two aircraft after another pilot reported witnessing a mid-air collision between two light aircraft Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard Lt. Stephanie Young says two debris fields were spotted about a mile apart, five miles (eight kilometers) south of the Long Beach breakwater Monday. She says a plane’s nose wheel was amongst the wreckage found.

The Coast Guard dispatched a rescue boat, a patrol boat and an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter after receiving a report of the collision.

More than 20 boats from the Coast Guard, the fire departments of Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and Long Beach are currently scouring the rough, choppy, white capped sea for survivors.

Reports from the scene say the engine cowling of an orange and black aircraft have been recovered by one of the boats.

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