Glendale plane crash: Street closures, small power outage remain

This post has been updated.

Crews are working to restore service to 300 customers who lost electricity Monday night when a small plane crashed in the front yard of a North Glendale home, taking out three power poles.

It may take until 2 p.m. to restore power as crews replace the poles, according to an announcement issued by the city this morning. The power outage initially affected more than 2,000 customers.

No homes were damaged and no one on the ground was injured when the plane went down shortly after 8 p.m. The 55-year-old pilot was able to get himself out of the wreckage and speak with emergency responders. He has since been released from the hospital, according to city spokesman Tom Lorenz.

Three of six families evacuated after the crash in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road remain so as authorities work to remove the Cessna 210.

[Updated 9:08 a.m.: Four families remain evacuated and crews have removed the plane from the crash site. Repairs to the power poles are expected to last until at least 2 p.m., Lorenz said.]

Street closures remained in effect this morning authorities continue to work the crash site. Glenwood Road from Highland to Grandview is closed, as are all intersecting streets within that stretch for one block in either direction.

City officials asked parents taking their children to Mark Keppel Elementary, Toll Middle or Hoover High schools to approach using Pacific Avenue.

As daylight approached, city officials asked residents to not touch any crash debris, but to instead call police at (818) 548-4911 so that it can be retrieved as evidence for the National Transportation Safety Board, which has jurisdiction over the investigation.

The pilot reported engine problems as he flew near El Monte Airport, Ian Gregor, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Los Angeles, said Monday night.

Gregor said the pilot informed air traffic controllers that he would try to make it to the Van Nuys Airport, but the controllers lost radar and radio contact about 8 p.m., when the plane was three miles southeast of Burbank.

FAA records indicate that the plane is owned by Allen K. Heng and James E. Roth.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News, with the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV contributing reporting.

Twitter: @JasonBretWells



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