Two private planes collide over Calif.


Published: Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 9:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 9:05 p.m.

CORONA, Calif. - Two private planes flying about a mile from an airport collided Sunday, killing at least four people, raining debris down on car dealerships below, authorities said.

The planes collided at 3:35 p.m. near the small Corona Municipal airport and a freeway in Riverside County, about 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Debris fell on car dealerships, and television pictures showed that the wrecked fuselage of one of the planes landed atop a parked car.

Witnesses on the ground saw the planes crash and called 911, Corona Police Sgt. Jerry Pawluczenko said.

It was not immediately clear whether the dead were aboard the planes or on the ground.

"We're going through the dealerships to make sure everyone's accounted for and nobody's injured," Pawluczenko said.

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