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Small plane crashes into Hemet home; pilot seriously injured

Wreckage of a small plane in a yard of a home in Hemet
A small plane crashed through a brick wall in the backyard of a home in Hemet on Tuesday, seriously injuring the pilot
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A small plane crashed into a Hemet home Tuesday, seriously injuring the pilot, police said.

The crash was reported at 9:35 a.m. near Warren Road and Mustang Way, just over a mile south of the Hemet-Ryan Airport.

“The cause of the plane crash is under investigation and the sole occupant was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries,” Hemet police said on Twitter.

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Plane crashes, close calls and pollution prompt residents in Pacoima to call for the closure of Whiteman Airport. Aviation enthusiasts say the airport is critical for training new pilots.

Hemet Fire Department Chief Eddie Sell told KTLA that the occupant of the plane was first transported by ambulance to a hospital before being taken to a burn center.

Footage from KCBS-TV Channel 2 showed the burned wreckage of a small plane in the backyard of a home.

KTLA reported that two people who were inside the home were not injured but had to evacuate.

Hemet police and fire personnel responded to the scene, along with CalFire and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.


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