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3 people die after two planes collide in California

(CNN) — Three people are dead after two planes crashed mid-air over Watsonville Municipal Airport in California on Thursday afternoon, according to Mayor Eduardo Montesino.

A single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340 collided during their final descent, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). One person was aboard the Cessna 152 and two people were aboard the Cessna 340, the FAA said.

No one on the ground was injured, the FAA added. A pet aboard one of the planes also died, Montesino said.

Reports of the incident came in just before 3 p.m., according to a Twitter post from the city.

The city of Watsonville is about an hour south of San Jose.

In a subsequent statement, city officials said they were “absolutely saddened to learn of the tragic incident that claimed the lives of several people.”

“The City of Watsonville sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who have passed away,” the statement said.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, according to the FAA statement. In a post on Twitter, the NTSB confirmed it was investigating the crash.

It is unclear what caused the two planes to collide.

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