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Planes Crash Midair in California

Private planes collide in Southern California, killing at least five people

Thomas R. Cordova, Daily Bulletin, LAThomas R. Cordova, Daily Bulletin, LATwo private planes flying southeast of Los Angeles collided in the air yesterday afternoon, killing everyone on board the planes as well as a man in Chevy dealership on the ground.

Officials haven't confirmed if there were any distress signals or where the planes were headed. The Corona Airport, where the crash occurred, does not have a staffed control tower.

News stations broadcast images of a smashed fuselage of one of the planes lying on top of a car. Witnesses say they saw the other plane smash into pieces and bodies falling to the ground.

Investigators haven't yet confirmed any other fatalities. "Until we open that aircraft up we cannot be certain how many people were on board,'' said Wayne Pollack of the National Transportation Safety Board.

William A. Reinke of La Habra, CA, owns one of the planes, but he returned home Sunday night and declined comment on who was flying his plane or how many passengers were onboard.

According to a NTSB database, Corona has been the site of 5 fatal plane crashes in 10 years. Sounds like a rather high number of crashes for a small airport?

January hasn't been a stellar month for airlines around the world.

Last week a Boeing 77 crashed at Heathrow Airport - the first Boeing to ever crash - and earlier this month an Air Canada jet made a harrowing emergency landing in Calgary.

Anyone else got the heebee jeebies about flying right now?

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