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Pilot dies when small plane crashes, burns in Los Angeles

November 12, 2020 GMT
In this photo taken from video provided by KTLA-TV, is a small plane that crashed and burned on a street just outside a small airfield in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A KTLA news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport's single runway in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (KTLA-TV via AP)
In this photo taken from video provided by KTLA-TV, is a small plane that crashed and burned on a street just outside a small airfield in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A KTLA news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport's single runway in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (KTLA-TV via AP)
In this photo taken from video provided by KTLA-TV, is a small plane that crashed and burned on a street just outside a small airfield in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A KTLA news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport's single runway in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (KTLA-TV via AP)
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In this photo taken from video provided by KTLA-TV, is a small plane that crashed and burned on a street just outside a small airfield in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A KTLA news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport's single runway in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (KTLA-TV via AP)
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In this photo taken from video provided by KTLA-TV, is a small plane that crashed and burned on a street just outside a small airfield in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A KTLA news helicopter overhead showed fire burning parked cars in the street and on a lawn of a house in a neighborhood off one end of Whiteman Airport's single runway in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. (KTLA-TV via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pilot was killed Thursday in the fiery crash of a single-engine airplane on a street just outside a small airfield in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Firefighters had to avoid downed power lines as they extinguished flames that engulfed the aircraft wreckage, at least two parked vehicles and vegetation on the front lawn of a home across a street from one end of Whiteman Airport’s runway.

Only the pilot was aboard when the Cessna 172 went down on final approach to the runway, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said the sole occupant of the aircraft died and no one else was injured.

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The pilot was not immediately identified.

City utility workers shut down power to the area due to the electrical hazard.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which will determine the probable cause.

Whiteman, which serves small aircraft, is located in the Pacoima area about 15 miles northwest of downtown.