Parachute coming down

Two aircraft collided west of Boca

            Raton, Florida, on Friday, sending one

            crashing into the grounds of a gated golf

            course community. At least three

            people were confirmed dead, according

            to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's


            No injuries on the ground were

            immediately reported, according to

            police spokesman Paul Miller.

            "I heard a big explosion," said Debora Hartman, a witness. "I thought a bomb

            had exploded or something and I came running out and I saw a huge fireball

            erupt. To the right there was a parachute coming down."

            One aircraft was a Lear-55, a twin-engine jet

            that can carry up to 13 people, according to

            George Prellezo, regional director of the National

            Transportation Safety Board. Police said they have

            found debris thought to be from the second aircraft, which was so far

            unidentified. Early reports say the second aircraft may have been a helicopter.

            The crash occurred shortly before noon, 2.5 miles west of Boca Raton Airport.

            Local television stations broadcast pictures of that one plane had broken into at

            least two parts.

                       The Associated Press contributed to this report.