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Lone pilot killed in Sylmar plane crash


A pilot was killed this week in the crash of a small airplane on an embankment near the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in the Sylmar area.

The crash was reported at about 12:30 p.m., when a twin-engine Cessna 337 Skymaster went down near Sayre Street, according to Eva Lee Ngai of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA reported the pilot was the only person aboard the plane. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) confirmed about an hour after the crash that firefighters did not locate any other victims upon searching the aircraft, according to the department’s Margaret Stewart.

Information was not immediately available on the identity of the fatally injured person.

Firefighters quickly contained a small fuel leak, and there was no fire resulting from the crash, according to the LAFD.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, with the NTSB leading the investigation and providing additional updates as they become available, Ngai said.

The crash occurred in the vicinity of Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. The plane apparently struck a bank of trees before hitting the ground on an embankment just off the freeway.