Small plane crashes into big rig at San Pedro Harbor, killing pilot

Investigator stand beside a crashed plane.
An investigation is underway after one person was killed when a single-engine plane crashed into a big rig Friday in San Pedro.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A single-engine plane crashed into a big rig Friday afternoon on Terminal Island in San Pedro, killing the pilot and injuring a man in the truck, authorities said.

The approximately 30-year-old man in the tractor trailer was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Bystanders pulled the pilot from the wreckage and provided CPR until first responders arrived, fire officials said. He was declared dead at the scene.

The plane, a Piper PA-32, departed from Zamperini Field in Torrance at 11:47 a.m., National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. It was not immediately clear where the aircraft was headed when it crashed shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Firefighters stopped the spread of fuel on the ground around the aircraft, the LAFD said. The crash occurred at the APM Terminals in the port of San Pedro.