Pilot’s body found after collision over S.F. Bay

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The body of a pilot and wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the San Francisco Bay after colliding with another plane was found Monday.
The body and the fuselage were recovered by a marine salvage company after the midair collision that took place Sunday. News outlets showed the operating live online and the body was clearly visible in the wreckage.
Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee asked news outlets not to show the footage of the pilot.
Coast Guard Lt. Jeannie Crump said searchers using boats and helicopters in San Pablo Bay found some debris from the 1965 Cessna 210 that collided with a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20 late Sunday.
The Sea Fury was able to continue flying 40 minutes east to land safely at a small airport, said Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.
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.
The two planes, which apparently both had flown out of Eagle's Nest Airport, were flying together and had been at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines event in Half Moon Bay, Wegner said. The annual festival includes planes, motorcycles, cars and other "tricked-out" vehicles, sfgate.com reports.
Witnesses at Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor told sfgate.com that the Cessna spiraled out of control and crashed into the choppy water.
The names of the pilots haven't been released. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Sea Fury planes, built by Hawker, were the last of the propeller-driven planes flown by the Royal Air Force. They were a product of World War II, although they didn't begin flying until shortly after the war ended.
The vintage Sea Fury involved in Sunday's collision was registered to Sanders Aircraft Inc., which restores classic airplanes, sfgate said. The planes are considered top draws at air shows, and commonly were raced at large events such as the annual Reno Air Show.
Contributing: Associated Press
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