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1 found dead after 2 small planes collide near LA

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say one person has died after a midair collision over Southern California that sent one plane crashing into a ridge and forced another plane to land on a golf course.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says a body believed to be the only occupant of the plane that crashed was found in the wreckage about five hours after the collision on Monday.

Federal officials say the Cessna 172 was had taken off from Santa Monica Airport to test its engine when it made contact with the other plane and crashed into mountainous terrain in Calabasas, causing a small wildfire that was put out quickly.

The other plane did a belly-flop landing on the fairway of Westlake Golf Course. The three people aboard walked away with minor injuries.

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