LOS ANGELES (NewsNation Now) — Two people were killed in a plane crash at a parking lot near Van Nuys Airport on Friday.
The small plane went down shortly after 3 p.m. on Hayvenhurst Avenue just west of the airport, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
It didn’t hit any buildings, the department said. Nobody on the ground was hurt but the plane damaged three cars.
The crash site is just off of a runway.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor said the single-engine Ryan Navion B had just departed Van Nuys en route to the Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane lift off and climb several hundred feet before it appeared to stall out and nosedived to the ground, according to NewsNation affiliate KTLA. Gregor said it burst into flames after crashing.
Dave Battle told KTLA he was inside his Farmers Insurance office one block away when he heard the commotion and saw a “huge, black mushroom cloud.”
Theresa Cameron, who lives in a condo nearby, said she “felt a sudden jolt” and thought there was an earthquake.
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene to investigate. The NTSB will determine a probable cause for the crash at a later date.
The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate KTLA contributed to this report.