Stunt plane, aircraft collide midair before crashing off LA harbor


Firefighters responded to a report of a plane down in the water off San Pedro on Feb. 5, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Two aircraft, one of them an aerobatic stunt plane, crashed into the water after an midair collision off San Pedro, prompting a multi-agency search for survivors on Friday afternoon, the Coast Guard confirmed to KTLA.

“Two separate tail identification numbers from two separate aircraft have been recovered and confirmed by the Federal Aviation Association,” a release from the Coast Guard stated.

One of the planes was a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza and the other was a Citabria, according to FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

The Citabria was described as an aerobatic stunt plane, according to Spencer Parker with L.A. County Lifeguards.

Both aircraft were based out of the Torrance Airport, according to Capt. Jennifer Williams with the Coast Guard.

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