Feds eye crash of planes over San Francisco Bay

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A federal transportation safety official has arrived to investigate a collision between two small planes that sent one crashing into San Francisco Bay.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams said Monday that the investigator will be interviewing the pilot of a plane that made it back to land and reviewing the pilots' backgrounds.

The collision occurred Sunday near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and involved a single-engine Cessna 210 and a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Cessna went into the bay, and the Sea Fury's pilot landed at Eagle's Nest Airport in the small city of Ione.

Authorities say the Sea Fury's occupants — a husband and wife —were uninjured. It was unclear how many people were in the Cessna. A search is underway.