According to Fox News, at least one man is dead after a small plane accident in Southern California on April 29. Two small planes collided in midair over a mountain range in California. Rescuers found the body of one man, believed to be the pilot of one of the planes. The pilot of the second plane was able to make an emergency maneuver and safely crash land with no landing gear on a nearby golf course. There were three people riding on that plane, all were taken to the hospital for treatment. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore believes that no other passengers were riding on the plane with the deceased pilot.
Firefighters responding to a call about a small wildfire on the golf course immediately noticed the plane debris. They then discovered the three survivors and debris in the middle of the fairway.
“Finally being a bad golfer paid off,” witness Aaron Jesse, 47, told the Los Angeles Times. “I hit it in the trees to the right. They landed 50 feet to the left of us in the center of the fairway. All we heard was a thud and then he made a gentle bounce and slid down the center of the fairway.”
It sounds as if quick thinking by the pilot may have saved three lives. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the accident.
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