The remains of two victims and wreckage from one plane were recovered Sunday, two days after two aircraft were believed to have collided off San Pedro with a total of three people on board, according to sheriff’s officials.
Details about what led up to the incident on Friday remained murky, but divers part of a tactical team located the remains around 2 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
The remains and wreckage were found in 105-foot deep water, and about 2 miles outside the Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports in L.A. County waters.
The Los Angeles County coroner will identify who was found.
Two men, 61 and 81, were in one of the aircraft, and a 72-year-old female pilot was in the other, according to the Coast Guard.
Mary Falstrom was identified as the female pilot on Saturday by her husband, who said his wife was flying in the area at the time and had been missing ever since.
More than one aircraft were likely involved because of the amount of debris in the area, and because two separate tail identification numbers from two separate aircraft were recovered, Coast Guard officials said Friday.
“It is believed two aircraft were involved in a midair collision, though this cannot be confirmed until further investigation has been completed,” the Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.
The aircraft were a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza and Citabria — an aerobatic stunt plane.
A surface-area and underwater search was conducted Sunday, with three different types of sonar devices used to search the ocean floor, along with divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles.
Due to the lack of natural light, search efforts were suspended Sunday night and were expected to resume around 6 a.m. Monday, depending on conditions in the water, Sheriff’s Department Deputy Navarro said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-881-7800.