A pilot was killed after a single-engine plane crashed into a residential area in Pacoima, just before noon Thursday at the intersection of Sutter Ave. and Pierce St., right across the street from Whiteman Airport.
The Los Angeles Fire Department says the crash caused two cars to catch on fire and damaged a third. The fire spread to trees and vegetation in front of a residential home, but firefighters were able to protect the house and moved the fire away from any downed power lines.
According to neighbors who live near the crash scene, the loudest sound was the plane exploding in front of their home, fiery pieces scattering all over.
The plane was on approach to land when something went wrong. According to traffic scanners, the plane appeared to have lost engine power.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft. No bystander was injured during the crash.