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Bodies Fall Out of Sky As Planes Collide (updated 1/22 at 1215)

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'There Were Bodies Falling Out of the Sky' -- at Least 5 Dead As Planes Collide Over California

Investigators picked through the gnarled wreckage Monday of two small planes that collided about a mile from an airport, killing five and raining debris and bodies down on car dealership parking lots.

The two small Cessnas crashed at 3:35 p.m. Sunday near the small Corona Municipal Airport, just north of the Riverside Freeway, authorities said.

Two people were killed from each plane, and a fifth was killed inside a Chevy dealership hit by wreckage, said Wayne Pollack of the National Transportation Safety Board.

"There were bodies falling out of the sky," eyewitness Hector Hernandez told KCBS-TV. "One of them crashed into the top of a Ford Mustang, and another one fell not too far behind that one on the parking lot."

NTSB investigators had yet to cut all the way through the wreckage of one of the planes, and were unsure about the number of passengers.

"Until we open that aircraft up we cannot be certain how many people were on board," Pollack said.

The smashed fuselage of one of the planes landed atop a parked car. A wing from one of the planes sat in a parking lot. The debris was contained mostly within a 300-yard radius, said Pollack, although some pieces were found as far as 1,000 yards away.

"The smaller aircraft ... just disintegrated into pieces, maybe fifty pieces coming down," eyewitness Jeff Hardin told KABC-TV. "The other aircraft pretty much stayed intact and started spiraling down and came down right behind the Nissan dealer."

One of the planes, a Cessna 172, is registered to William A. Reinke of La Habra, Calif, according to aircraft databases. Reached at his home Sunday night, Reinke declined to say who was flying his plane or who might have been on board.


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how freaking horrible is that? :o

How horrible!!  Both for the people on the planes and the witnesses.

Wretched Excess:

A guy I went to HS with is a flight instructor working out of Corona.  Obviously it's a pretty good chance it isn't him but I'm not breathing until I find out otherwise.

Obviously a horrible tragedy, but from the picture posted by WE, it could've been worse.  That looks like a busy street next to the dealership.  Then again, might just be a bunch of gawkers.  Still, better a bunch of empty cars than where a lot of people are.


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