The Latest: Pilot's husband believes she didn't survive

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Posted: Feb 06, 2016 10:21 PM
The Latest: Pilot's husband believes she didn't survive

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a midair collision between two small planes (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The husband of a pilot who was involved in a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles says he believes she did not survive.

Richard Falstrom told The Associated Press on Saturday that his wife, Mary Falstrom, told him Friday the nice weather beckoned her to go fly. He said she never came home and that he's certain her small-engine plane went down.

Authorities said two men, ages 61 and 81, were aboard a plane that radar showed colliding Friday afternoon with an aircraft piloted by a 72-year-old woman.

The Coast Guard suspended active search efforts Saturday morning in the 200-square-mile area where divers found wreckage Friday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said its divers are continuing to look in the areas where debris was located. Officials were also examining radar records to determine where else to search.

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10:26 a.m.

Authorities have called off the search for possible survivors of a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles.

The Coast Guard announced Saturday morning that it had suspended active search efforts in the 200-square-mile area where divers found wreckage Friday.

Instead, the hunt for three missing people is now being called a recovery operation — meaning a hunt for bodies and more wreckage.

Authorities say two men, ages 61 and 81, were aboard a plane that radar showed colliding Friday afternoon with an aircraft piloted by a 72-year-old woman.

Wreckage and the logbook from one plane was found and the other is missing.

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9:32 a.m.

A more extensive search resumed Saturday for survivors of a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson says a helicopter took off around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to scour a 200-square-mile area a couple of miles from a harbor entrance.

There's no word yet on what it found but Anderson says there's still an active search for three people who are believed to have been in the planes.

Authorities say two men, ages 61 and 81, were aboard a plane that radar showed colliding Friday afternoon with an aircraft piloted by a 72-year-old woman.

Wreckage and the logbook from one plane was found and the other is missing.