US investigates crash of planes over San Francisco Bay

RICHMOND, Calif. — A federal transportation safety official arrived Monday in Northern California to investigate a collision between two planes that sent one crashing into San Francisco Bay.

The investigator will interview the pilot of a plane that made it back to land and review the pilots’ backgrounds, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams said.

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.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Cessna went into the bay, and the Sea Fury’s pilot landed at Eagle’s Nest Airport in the small city of Ione in Amador County.


Authorities said the Sea Fury’s occupants — a husband and wife —were uninjured. It was unclear how many people were in the Cessna.

Coast Guard helicopters and vessels were conducting search patterns in the bay Monday morning, Lieutenant Joshua Dykman of the US Coast Guard said.

Search teams found no signs of the downed pilot after scouring San Pablo Bay through the night.

The two 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.

Associated Press