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TODAY   |  April 30, 2013

Small plane collision kills pilot

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating a mid-air collision of two small planes Monday afternoon just north of Los Angeles that resulted in the death of one pilot and a small brush fire. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports.

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>> two small planes colliding in california.

>> the f.a.a. and ntsb are launching investigations into monday's midair collision. the two small planes . unfortunately left one pilot dead. mid-air mystery. investigators are looking into how two small planes managed to collide in clear skies north of los angeles , resulting in one fatality, a small brush fire and a surreal scene on a golf course . fire crews were called to the scene in the santa monica mountains when they came across the burning wreckage of a cessna aircraft and the remains of the pilot. five minutes later they got a call for a second small airplane coming to an abrupt but successful landing on the third hole of the west lake golf course .

>> i see a white streak going across the course. ended up being a plane. it spun, hit a tree and turned.

>> reporter: those three passengers were treated but amazingly suffered only minor injuries.

>> i was flabbergasted by it. it was amazing to see a plane on the course.

>> reporter: the f.a.a. confirm it is two planes collided in the air. investigators believe the pilot killed was on an engine test flight but expect to know more details in the