Mystery Widens Following Fatal Plane Crash In Ventura

VENTURA  (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say a private plane has crashed near a beach northwest of Ventura, killing one person and scattering pieces of debris.

The crash was reported around noon on a mountainside near Solimar Beach and witnesses reported seeing pieces of plane fall from the sky.

At least one person was killed. Pieces of the Cessna were seen scattered below a hillside.

Some witnesses reported a possible mid-air collision of two planes. Officials even got a few 911 calls about seeing two planes collide.

So far, it’s a mystery. If two planes did collide, where is the other one?

CBS 2’s Amy Johnson — reporting from the scene — said as of 5 p.m. officials only found wreckage from one plane.

Some debris, possibly involved with the crash, was found about two miles away from there the main wreckage.

“It is highly unusual for an aircraft to be found in multiple pieces with pieces that far apart, and I can’t confirm that it exploded, and it’s just conjecture, however it’s a little bit odd,” said Steve Swindel with the Ventura County Fire Department.

“We saw an airplane fly pretty  low above us,” said camper Joe Cullen, “I’m guessing  —  200 feet. We immediately kinda went ‘Wow, that was pretty crazy.’ Talked to our neighbors, they saw it, too. Then we went back to doing our thing, and then the helicopters started showing up. So, we’re not sure if that’s connected or not.”

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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