Small Plane Crashes Into Van Nuys Building, Kills 1
Earlier this week, a small plane came crashing into the side of a building near Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, resulting in the death of one person. According to reports, a CBS Radio helicopter reporter witnessed the crash shortly after 1:15 P.M. when the plane took off. It occurred just one block away from the airport.
Authorities on the scene confirmed the death of at least one person and the building it crashed into had no structural damage. No other parties were injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene to investigate. A spokesman for the agency stated that the plane was believed to be the light-sport kit-type aircraft called the Arion Lightning. It is believed the pilot was practicing touch-and-go maneuvers at the airport when the airplane struck the building.
Reports show that the pilot had complained upon take-off that there was something banging around. The tower said the landing gear was loose. One witness said the pilot had turned the plane to its side while making a hard left before being cleared to land. The plane started to nosedive and the crash happened within about 15 seconds.