Officials Comb Waters After Crash

Friday, October 30, 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy are combing southern California waters for survivors of a plane-chopper collision.

The two aircraft that collided were a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra and a Coast Guard C-130 plane. Two people were believed to be on board the chopper, and seven people on the aircraft.

The Associated Press reports a pilot saw a fireball about 15 miles east of San Clemente Island at 7:10 P.M. That alerted officials to the crash, which took place about 68 miles west of San Diego.

The search and investigation into what caused the crash are ongoing.

7 A.M. UPDATE SINCE THIS STORY WAS POSTED: The AP reports that the Coast Guard has spotted debris that could be from its C-130 plane.

10 A.M. UPDATE SINCE THIS STORY WAS UPDATED: The Coast Guard says search conditions are ideal off southern California's coast. There's "a clear sky, the winds are calm, the seas are calm," Lieutenant Josh Nelson told X.E.T.V. in San Diego. Crews "have a lot of assets out there."

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