Corona Midair Victims Identified

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Investigators from the NTSB are trying to figure out why a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 150 collided in midair about a mile south of the Corona Municipal Airport in California on Sunday, killing the pilot and passenger of each aircraft plus one person on the ground. According to the The Associated Press, the Riverside County Coroner's Office identified the dead as Scott Gayle Lawrence, 55, of Cerritos; Paul Luther Carlson, 73, also of Cerritos; Brandon William Johnson, 24, of Costa Mesa; Anthony Joel Guzman, 20, of Hesperia; and Earl Smiddy, 58, of Moreno Valley. Smiddy was reportedly crushed inside a car dealership when one of the aircraft pierced the building's roof.

According to FAA records, Carlson held a commercial pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, with instrument airplane and helicopter privileges. His third-class medical certificate was issued in January 2007. Johnson held a student pilot certificate and an unrestricted first-class medical issued in November 2007. FAA records show an Anthony Joel Guzman of La Verne, CA, holding a private pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land with instrument airplane privileges, with a first-class medical issued in March 2006. AVweb was unable to locate any FAA pilot records for Lawrence. No information was available on who was flying which plane.