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When Plane Crash Rescue Turns Into Recovery

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Westlake Village, CA -

(FOX 11) It's the "r" word that no one at an accident site wants to hear, much less say out loud. 

While "rescue" inspires optimism and hope, a "and they lived happily ever after" kind of ending, "recovery" means just the opposite.

I was at scene of a plane crash in Calabasas where late Monday afternoon a rescue mission turned into a recovery.

We learned that two Cessna 172s collided over the Calabasas area, according to the FAA. Two people died in the plane that landed in Malibu, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

The pilot of the Cessna that landed on the golf course told witnesses he'd hit a bird. Or at least that's what he thought.

It was quite a day for LA County Firefighters. Here's how it went down. First, a call came in that a plane had just crash landed onto a golf course in Westlake Village. Two passengers and the pilot were able to walk away with only minor injuries, while golfers walked away with quite a story to tell. 

Moments later, a brush fire in nearby Calabasas turned into an accident scene when amidst the flames and smoke, the remains of a plane are spotted.

One minute firefighters are putting out a fire, the next they're desperately searching for any survivors. Sadly, there were none.

Two planes down. Two very different outcomes. 

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