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.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/14/compton-airport-deadly-plane-collision/3159850002/