Authorities investigating plane crash in Hawthorne

- Federal aviation authorities are investigating what led to a small plane crashing into a townhouse in Hawthorne, killing a man and a woman who were aboard the aircraft.

The crash was reported at 5:11 p.m. Friday in the 4600 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The two victims were confirmed dead at the scene, but no one on the ground was injured, a dispatcher said.

The crash scene, at a two-story townhouse complex, is less than a mile southwest of Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

It was not immediately known if the airplane was en route to or had taken off from the area airport.

The aircraft was a Grumman American AA-1B, according to Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

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