Four die in sunny afternoon tragedy
(Feb. 15, updated Feb. 17, 2001) -- Two small planes collided in midair over LB Harbor Thursday afternoon, roughly 1/4 mile south of the breakwater, killing four people (two aboard each plane).
The midair crash took place on a clear, sunny day at approximately 3:40 p.m. Several Los Angeles television stations carried live pictures of the aftermath, showing two oil slicks amid scattered debris.
One body was quickly recovered. Attempts to recover the other victims will be made tomorrow.
The planes had links to the LB Flying Club based at LB Airport. The LB Flying Club & Flight Academy's web site (accessed Feb. 15) included the following: