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Bodies fall out of sky as planes collide

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by SurfSarge, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    CORONA, Calif. - 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.
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    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.
    "I only know what happened off the television," he said.
    Pollack said investigators had not yet obtained a flight plan.
    The other plane, a smaller Cessna 150, is registered to Air Corona, Inc., based in Dover, Del.
    Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer did not immediately know where either plane was headed or whether there were any distress calls. The Corona airport does not have a staffed control tower, he said.
    Before Sunday, there had been five fatal plane crashes in Corona in the past decade, killing 10 people, according to an NTSB database.
     
  2. asdf

    asdf Harry Scagnetti

    "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."

    Yuck.
     
  3. Butterz

    Butterz Well-Known Member

    It's weird, I was trying to explain to my son yesterday when I took him for a driving lesson how dangerous motor vehicle travel can be. I had him drive by this auto body place in town so he could see what the cars looked like that had been in accidents.

    I often don't appreciate that these vehicles are literally death traps if not operated properly. I just assume I'm going to use them to get from point a to b to c, etc. I mean, it's terrible what happened here, but the reality is, we put our lives in danger every time we get in a car, plane, train, etc.

    Man wasn't designed to travel at 60 mph or the speed of sound...unfortunately death will always be a small percentage of our reality because of modern travel. Imagine where'd we'd be without it, though.
     
  4. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    Yeah they are death traps..I've seen so many deaths and accidents..I used to tow cars for 5 years and my first accident
    scene a lady went off the side of the road and into a row of plank fencing...she ended up getting impaled I almost lost my cookies!
    When I moved down here to NC it got worse there are so many accidents here it's ridiculous..The roads weren't set up to handle alot of traffic and that center left turn lane is just suicidal..Just ask Kev.