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1 killed in plane collision


Two planes collided on a Los Angeles-area runway on Wednesday, authorities said. A single-engine plane caught fire. KABC-TV reports its pilot died. The other plane is a T-28, reportedly with Vietnam War era markings. Its pilot was hospitalized. (March 14)

COMPTON, CALIF. (AP) — A fiery collision between two planes on a Los Angeles-area runway Wednesday killed one person and injured another, authorities said.

A single-engine North American T-28 collided with another aircraft “under unknown circumstances” on a runway at Compton/Woodley Airport at around 7 p.m. and the other craft caught fire and burned, said Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The other plane was a single-engine Cessna-type aircraft, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The pilot was killed after apparently being flung from that plane, KABC-TV reported.

Photos showed the red, white and blue T-28 had U.S. Navy markings and the station said it appeared to be from the Vietnam War era.

The Compton Fire Department said one person was killed and a second person was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

The county-owned general aviation airport is located southwest of Compton and a few miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

Another pilot was killed there in 2015 when a single-engine plane crashed and burned on a runway as it tried to tow an advertising banner.

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