Small plane crashes near freeway in Santa Clarita, killing one

FAA investigators inspect the scene where a single-engine plane crashed Saturday morning near the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, died.
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A single-engine plane crashed near the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita early Saturday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. near the freeway’s northbound Newhall Avenue off-ramp, said Sgt. Perry Haggard of the California Highway Patrol.

“From witnesses it sounded like smoke was coming from his engine, so it looks like he was trying to find a place to make an emergency landing,” Haggard said.


The pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft, he said.

One lane of the northbound freeway was temporarily closed as emergency crews responded.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.