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Small plane crashes at Long Beach Airport; pilot suffers minor injuries

A pilot was taken to a hospital Thursday night after his single-engine plane crashed at Long Beach Airport, according to officials.

The pilot, described only as a man in his 60s, suffered minor injuries, said Jake Heflin, spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department.

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The incident happened about 9 p.m. when, while landing, the plane hit the perimeter fence along southbound Lakewood Boulevard, Heflin said.

The cause of the crash is unclear. The plane was described as a single-engine Beechcraft.

A small gas leak from the plane began after the crash, but it has since been stopped, Heflin said.

A person in the vicinity of the crash was struck by small pieces of debris and was treated on scene, Heflin said.

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