Crews Find Wreckage of Plane Missing After Mid-Air Collision

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Search crews found the wreckage of a small plane Monday that plunged into the San Francisco Bay after colliding with a Korean War-era show plane.

The Contra Costa County sheriff's Infrastructure Protection Team, which found the aircraft, did not immediately say whether the pilot of the plane was found.

The plane went down about a mile north of the Brother Islands, near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, after colliding with a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20 at 4:05 p.m. Sunday after heading home from an air show, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the Cessna pilot and his plane around noon Monday and turned over the search to the sheriff's office, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Joshua Dykman said.

The sheriff's office said on Twitter at 2:13 p.m. that the plane had been located but did not provide further details.

The Coast Guard has determined the name of the single-engine Cessna 210's pilot but has not released that information publicly because authorities are still working to contact the pilot's family, Dykman said.

Some debris had been found in the water as of this morning, Dykman said. The pilot was the only person on board.

The Hawker landed safely at the Eagle's Nest Airport in the small California city of Ione in Amador County at about 4:45 p.m.

A witness to a mid-air collision over the Richmond San Rafael-Bridge first thought the two planes were showing off. But she quickly realized her first impression was wrong.

"The next thing I know, I see the Cessna spiraling down," said Bonny Dunn, a mechanic who works for Southwest at the Oakland International Airport. "It's like watching somebody die in front of you. You know there is no possible way you can survive."

Amador County firefighters and medics sent to the Ione airport were not needed because the pilot and passenger in the Sea Fury, a husband and wife, were not injured, county Undersheriff Jim Wegner said.

Both planes had departed from Eagle's Nest Airport to participate in the Pacific Coast Dream Machines, an annual festival at Half Moon Bay Airport that features a variety of planes, motorcycles and cars. Both planes left Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles south of San Francisco, and were on their return flight to Ione.

An NTSB official will be interviewing the pilot of the plane that made it back to land and reviewing the pilots' backgrounds, agency spokesman Terry Williams said.

On its Facebook page, the group wrote that organizers are "terribly saddened by this news and we hope and pray the missing plane and survivors are found."

Wegner wouldn't discuss damage to the Sea Fury, citing the ongoing investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

— Christie Smith, Lisa Fernandez and NBC Bay Area news services