Planes collide mid-air near Port of Los Angeles

Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 21:10:52-05

Authorities were searching the ocean near San Pedro Friday after an apparent mid-air collision involving two small aircraft.

A small debris field was located after a plane was reported down about 3:14 p.m. near the Point Fermin Lighthouse, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was assisting a county fire department-led search effort.

The crew of a fishing boat reported a plane hitting the water, an official with the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguards Division said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration later confirmed there was a mid-air collision involving two aircraft, county fire officials said.

An FAA official told City News Service he could not immediately confirm that information.
A multi-agency search involving boats, helicopters and divers was launched.

The Coast Guard, which ordered the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor closed to all vessels, was involved in the search along with the Long Beach Fire Department and Los Angeles Port Police.