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Two planes collide over Florida airport

Firefighters begin to cover the wreckage with a tarp.
Firefighters begin to cover the wreckage with a tarp.

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(CNN) -- One plane crash landed and a second managed to land safely after they collided on the final approach to Clearwater Airpark in Florida on Saturday, an airport authority spokesman said.

"The two planes touched on the downwind side (of the airpark)," operations manager Gordon Wills said. "One was able to land, but the other went down."

Video from the scene showed one of the small planes upside down in some trees on the edge of a parking lot for Clearwater's Long Center, a recreation facility with a gym and swimming pool just over a mile from the airpark.

The forward section and wings of the single-engine Cessna plane was severely damaged.

The other plane, a twin-engine Piper, was parked on the tarmac with police tape around it. It appeared to have damage on the right wingtip.

Wills was on his way to the crash site when he spoke with CNN by phone and had no other information. There are no reports of injuries.

The airpark is a small general aviation facility owned by the city of Clearwater.

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