9 Missing in Coast Guard Plane Crash
Pilot reported huge fireball
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2009 4:41 AM CDT
Map locates San Clemente Island, Calif., where a search is being conducted after a Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine helicopter   (AP)
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(Newser) – Nine people are missing after a Coast Guard plane collided with a military helicopter last night off the coast of southern California. A pilot flying in the area reported seeing a huge fireball. Seven people were traveling aboard the plane, and two were in the chopper. A search-and-rescue mission is underway near the island of San Clemente, AP reports.