Pilot dies when small plane crashes, burns in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pilot was killed Thursday in the fiery crash of a single-engine airplane on a street just outside a small airfield in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

NewsNation affiliate KTLA’s news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport’s single runway.

Firefighters had to avoid downed power lines as they extinguished flames with foam.

Only the pilot was aboard when the Cessna 172 went down on final approach to the runway, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said the sole occupant of the aircraft died and no one else was injured.

The pilot was not immediately identified.

City utility workers shut down power to the area due to the electrical hazard.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which will determine the probable cause.

Whiteman, which serves small aircraft, is located in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown.

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