Coast Guard Responds to Report of Mid-Air Collision Off of Long Beach
2009-05-18 · By Editor
The U.S. Coast Guard and several partner agencies are currently searching the water just off the coast of Long Beach following a report of a mid-air collision, 9 miles southeast of the Torrance Airport at 6:10 p.m.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. the first of two debris fields were located about 5 nautical miles southwest of the Long Beach breakwall. A second debris field was located shortly thereafter about 3 miles northwest of the first debris field. A security zone has been established around the two debris fields.
Rescuers from the Coast Guard, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles County Baywatch Lifeguards, Long Beach Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from have responded to the scene and are conducting searches of the area.
Searchers have recovered a portion of landing gear and other debris near the site of a reported midair collision, according to authorities.
Long Beach fireboat came upon the landing gear and more debris in the water, “We know from the landing gear that at least one of them was a small plane,” said Jackawa Jackson, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department. “We’ve got seagoing companies including two large fire boats and a Coast Guard vessel searching a fairly large area right now.”
The collision was reported by the pilot of another aircraft, who told authorities he had seen the crash,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor said. The Coast Guard was notified that two small aircraft had collided, and one had crashed into the waters off of Long Beach Harbor.
The Coast Guard Command Center in San Pedro immediately dispatched a 41-foot rescue boat from Station Los Angeles and an HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles. The 87-foot patrol boat, Blacktip, is also en route.