Multiple fatalities after 2 planes collided in Santa Cruz County

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Two small private planes collided mid-air around 3 p.m Thursday in south Santa Cruz County. 

According to the City of Watsonville officials, the planes collided in the air and crash-landed near Watsonville Municipal Airport. There are reports of multiple fatalities. 

Three people were onboard the planes, and the two pilots were trying to land before their aircrafts collided. 

One plane crashed into one of the airport’s hangar buildings, while the second plane crashed into a neighborhood next to the airport. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said, “A single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340 collided while the pilots were on their final approaches to Watsonville Municipal Airport. One person was on board the Cessna 152 and two people were on board the Cessna 340.

No one on the ground was injured. 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the causes of the accident.