A private pilot who was killed along with his son when his small plane was hit from behind by another plane above Temple City was under the guidance of air traffic controllers, federal officials said.
The pilot was given clearance to fly through the airspace around Burbank Airport and also requested traffic advisories about the movements of other aircraft around him, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials said.
The pilot was given at least one warning about aircraft in his vicinity, FAA spokeswoman Elly Brekke said, but investigators did not know if that was the plane that crashed into his single-engine Cessna, shearing off the tail and sending it diving into a residential front yard. The crash of the Cessna 152 Saturday killed pilot Robert H. Kagarice, 44, of Mission Viejo, and his son, Todd, 15.
The other plane, a twin-engine Cessna 411, landed safely at Burbank Airport.