Two Killed in Calabasas Plane Crash Identified

The pair were killed after their plane hit another in midair

By Melissa Pamer
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:55 PM PDT
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Two Killed in Calabasas Plane Crash Identified

After a mid-air crash with another Cessna above Calabasas on Monday, April 29, 2013, this plane went down into the hillside. Authorities said Tuesday that two had died in the aircraft, while three people survived an emergency landing of the other plane.

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Two people who died in a midair collision of two small planes over Calabasas last week have been identified.

Cheryl Jolene Strawn, 69, and Christopher Wade, 63, were killed after their Cessna 172 hit a similar aircraft on April 29. Their plane went down and was destroyed after diving into the Santa Monica Mountains and burning.

An official from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner confirmed that two victims identities were released on Tuesday evening.

Strawn was a production designer who worked on the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. Her death was originally announced April 30 on a Facebook fan page for the movies.

Three people in the other plane, which made an emergency landing at a golf course in Westlake Village, were hospitalized after the crash.

All of those aboard both planes were trained pilots, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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