Pilot Killed In Crash Of Chinese Training Airplane Near Porter Ranch

PORTER RANCH (CNS) - A man was killed when the Chinese training plane he was piloting crashed in the Santa Susana Mountains about two miles north of Porter Ranch, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the Nanchang China CJ6 aircraft, described as a privately owned, propeller-driven fixed-wing, two-seater aircraft, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

The crash was reported at 2:40 p.m. Saturday near Limekiln Canyon Road and Sesnon Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Sims said.

The cirumstances of the crash were unknown, Kenitzer said. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

An LAFD paramedic was lowered from a helicopter to the debris field and found the pilot dead. There was no fire and no other injuries were reported, Humphrey said.

The pilot's name has not been released.

The Nanchang CJ6 is a Chinese basic trainer aircraft built starting in 1958 for the People's Liberation Army Force, according to Wikipedia. More than 200 of the planes are privately owned, according to the military website warplane.com.

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