One person appears to have died Monday afternoon after two small planes collided over Ventura County, sending one of them plummeting to the ground in the Santa Monica Mountains, according to preliminary information from officials.
Both planes were Cessna single-engine aircraft, one of which departed from Santa Monica Airport before it crashed about 2 p.m., according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The other aircraft, which had three people on board, made an emergency landing at the Westlake Village Golf Course.
The body of the pilot was sighted Monday evening in the crash area in rugged terrain near Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes Road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Rescue crews have "identified the wreckage of a single-seat airplane with a single occupant who appears to be deceased," Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times.
Radar information indicated that the two Cessna 172s collided about eight miles east northeast of Ventura about 2 p.m., FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in a statement.