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Small plane crash-lands on Pomona roof; pilot is taken to hospital

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On Sunday, a firefighter surveys the scene where a single-engine plane crash-landed on a building in Pomona.

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

A pilot was injured Sunday afternoon when he crashed his small single-engine plane on the rooftop of an office building in Pomona, officials said.

Donald Bach was flying a Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane from Fullerton Airport and was headed to Brackett Field in La Verne about 4:40 p.m., when he experienced engine problems, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Plane removed

An agent with the National Transportation Safety Board guides a crane operator during the removal of a Piper PA-28 Cherokee from the roof of a building in Pomona on Monday.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Bach, of Fullerton, was forced to make an emergency landing and crashed on the building. Bach was the sole occupant of the plane.

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No employees were inside the building, which was leased by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Bach suffered moderate injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital.

As a result of the crash, a hole remains in the rooftop of the building, CHP officials said.

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TV images of the crash showed an orange-and-white plane with its nose smashed through the roof of a large one-story building.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, the CHP said.

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