Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities were searching the ocean near San Pedro Friday following a mid-air collision involving two small aircraft.

A small debris field was located after a plane was reported down about 3:14 p.m. near the Point Fermin Lighthouse,, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was assisting in a multi-agency search effort.

The crew of a fishing boat reported a plane hitting the water, an official with the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguards Division said.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that two aircraft were involved in a mid- air collision and that tail identification numbers were recovered from both.

A multi-agency search involving boats, helicopters and divers continued after nightfall.

The Coast Guard, which ordered the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor closed to all vessels, was “coordinating a surface level search effort,” an official said.

Long Beach Fire Department and Los Angeles Port Police also were involved in the search.

— City News Service

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