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Thursday February 15 11:19 PM ET Planes Crash Over Calif., 1 Dies LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -

Two small planes collided over a harbor entrance Thursday, killing one person and leaving three missing in the Pacific Ocean.

The body of a man age 40 to 50 was recovered from the 55-degree water, said Fire Department spokesman Bob Caldon. The Coast Guard also recovered debris from two Cessnas.

Two people were aboard each airplane, fire Capt. Mike Garcia said Thursday evening from a boat participating in the search a half-mile outside the harbor.

The Long Beach Flying Club said its flying instructors were on the planes but would not say if all four were instructors or further identify them.

``Everyone is devastated right now,'' said Joe Gallegos, an instructor who spoke on behalf of the club. ``We don't know what happened. We are just grieving for the people who died tonight.''

Boat crews scanned the surface in an area about a mile in circumference just outside the harbor entrance and divers working in poor visibility marked an underwater debris field with buoys before the search was suspended because of darkness, Garcia said. Divers were to return Friday.

-- Tess (, February 16, 2001

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