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Human Remains, Plane Parts Found in Calif. After Midair Collision



    Search to Continue After Remains Found Following Small Plane Crash

    The search is to resume after some remains were found in a midair crahs in San Pedro. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Published Monday, Feb. 8, 2016)

    Victim remains and plane parts were found in Southern California waters Sunday after a midair collision between two small planes launched a large-scale search Friday, according the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The search was still to continue Monday. 

    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said that human remains and plane parts were found two miles outside of the LA and Long Beach Port in LA County waters around 2 p.m.

    A dive team recovered wreckage of one plane, the Department said.

    Some remains of two victims, along with the plane parts, were found in waters 105 feet deep.

    Crews used sonar devices to search the ocean floor for wreckage, along with remotely operated underwater vehicles.

    The Coast Guard search-and-rescue operation resumed the search Sunday for two men and a woman who were missing since the Friday collision.

    A small debris field was located Friday 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. The discovery was part of a large-scale search that was suspended Saturday morning. 

    "The rescue operation has transitioned to a recovery operation," according to a statement Saturday from the Coast Guard. The LA County Sheriff's Department plans to conduct diving and sonar searches to located wreckage, according to the statement. 

    A Torrance man identified his wife as one of the pilots Saturday

    The identities of the two men in the other small plane were not revealed.

    City News Service contributed to this report.