Planes Collide Mid-Air, Four killed

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San Diego: In a tragic accident four people were killed when two small planes collide mid-air near an airport in San Diego, authorities said. The planes were flying to Brown Field Municipal Airport when they crashed into each other about 11 a.m. roughly two miles northeast of the runway, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The planes were a twin-engine Sabreliner and a single-engine Cessna 172, he said.

There were no survivors, said Nick Schuler, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials did not say immediately how many people were aboard each plane. The names of the deceased had not been released. No one on the ground was injured, but a firefighter was taken to a hospital with heat-related injuries, Mr. Schuler said.

Both planes broke into multiple pieces, Mr. Schuler said. They crashed roughly a quarter of a mile apart in a large field, sparking a brush fire that burned about two acres of grassland on a dry, scorching day. The crash occurred in Otay Mesa, a residential neighborhood in San Diego that hugs the Mexican border.

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