VENTURA, Calif., April 29 (UPI) -- Two small planes collided while airborne over Southern California Monday and one slammed into the ground, apparently killing the pilot, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said initial information it received indicated both aircraft were single-engine Cessna 172s.
One had taken off from Santa Monica Airport before it crashed in the Santa Monica Mountains about 2 p.m., the FAA said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said rescue crews who observed the wreckage reported it appeared the pilot had died, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The other plane, with three people on board, made an emergency landing at the Westlake Village Golf Course, the Times said. The occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries.