Small Plane Crashes Near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima

PACOIMA (CNS) - One person was killed today when a single-engine plane crashed and caught fire near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.

Firefighters were sent to the 10600 block of North Sutter Avenue at 11:44 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Cessna 172 crashed just short of the runway on the west side of the airport.

Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed in a residential area while on its final approach to Runway 12, coming down in front of three residential buildings. Two vehicles parked on the street also caught fire.

Information on the identity of the fatally injured person, believed to be the pilot, was not immediately available.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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