“I can confirm two deceased are amongst the mangled wreckage, said Steve Whitmore, L.A. Co. Sheriffs Dept.
New details continue to emerge as investigators comb through the wreckage of a plane crash in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains.
“The airplane is unrecognizable,” said Whitmore.
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies helped the coroner recover the remains Tuesday afternoon, 1 day after 2 Cessnas collided mid-air above Malibu Creek State Park.
Both planes had taken off from Santa Monica airport less than 1 hour before.
One plane took a nose dive… into the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas, killing two people aboard.
“Actually dive-bombed regrettably into side of the mountain causing a crater, said Whitmore.
The targets collided at 2:00 p.m., one dropped the other drifted west before dropping off radar.
The second plane landed on a golf course in Westlake Village.
Ron Westfall was golfing at the time and said he heard sputtering and saw the plane coming in uncomfortably Low
“He hit midway landed belly down…plane spun around and everyone jumped out of the plane,” said witness Ron Westfall.
Amazingly, none of the three passengers, reportedly all flight instructors from American Fliers Flight School at Santa Monica Airport, were seriously hurt.
Witnesses reported they heard the pilots say they hit a bird.
The wreckage in Westlake has been removed, but investigators are still recovering the wreckage from the Cessna that crashed in Calabasas.
As far as the identity of the two deceased passengers, the coroner has not yet officially identified them.
But according to friends, one of the dead is a woman who was a part time instructor for a flight school at Santa Monica airport.
The NTSB says it will post a preliminary report of its findings within 5 days.
by Christina Pascucci, KTLA News