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Small plane crashes, hits several parked cars near Whiteman Airport

Plane crash

A small, fixed-wing plane crashed Monday afternoon near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. The pilot was not injured and declined medical care.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A small, fixed-wing plane struck several parked vehicles as it crashed Monday afternoon near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, officials said.

No one on the ground was injured, according to Margaret Stewart, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The pilot was not injured and declined medical care, she said.

The Mooney M20 plane had just departed from Whiteman Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. But for unknown reasons, the pilot tried to return to the airport. He was forced to land at about 1:40 p.m. on San Fernando Road.

As the plane landed, it clipped several cars, fire officials said.

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The crash occurred about four miles from the airport. The intersection near San Fernando Road and Hubbard Avenue will be closed indefinitely, Stewart said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, she said.

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