PACOIMA (CNS / FOX 11) - A private plane crashed Monday on a street near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries.
The crash was reported about 1:35 p.m., and the plane did not catch fire, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The aircraft damaged the tops of several parked vehicles and ended up in the middle of the street, with one of its wings torn off from the impact.
#BREAKING: A small plane crashed Monday afternoon on a street near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, clipping at least two vehicles. The wide shot shows just how close it is to the airport.Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Monday, February 22, 2016
Paramedics examined the pilot, who apparently got out of the airplane on his own, at the scene but he did not appear to be seriously injured. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
The pilot was reportedly trying to land when the crash occurred.
From Victoria Spilabotte:
A small white plane crash landed Monday afternoon in the middle of a Pacoima neighborhood where resident Alex Salazar heard it come down.
“It was like two cars crashing,” Salazar said. “I guess he hit two cars on the way down, so you heard like a quick bang bang.”
One of those cars belonged to Nicholas Jimenez. The teen said he was driving home on San Fernando Road when he saw the plane flying towards him.
Jimenez said he tried to swerve out of the way, but the plane hit the passenger said of his car.
Los Angeles police said the pilot also hit four other parked cars causing some major damage to windshields and exteriors.
Miraculously the pilot wasn’t injured.
“It’s busy time of day and lots of people are out here,” Detective Meghan Aguilar, Los Angeles Police Department, said. “I’m not sure the skill level is of this pilot, but we have no-one injured on the ground and he’s walking away.”
The pilot managed to land the four-seater propellor plane upright although one wing crumbled and another snapped in half.
Aerial views from Sky Fox show just how close it came down to the Whiteman Airport on San Fernando Road and Osborne.
Initial reports said the pilot was landing.
The runway is roughly three blocks from where the plane came down, resident in the neighborhood said it’s their biggest fear.
“Since I’ve lived here I’ve always been afraid that a plane would crash,” Perla Alvarez said. “I’ve never experienced it living here.”
But plenty of other neighbors have experienced it.
Eleanor Becerra said she’s counted six plane crashes in the area since growing up here as a teenager.
The NTSB and FAA are investigating the cause of the crash.
Records indicate the plane is registered to an owner in Oregon.