Two killed after single-engine plane crash lands at Torrance Municipal Airport
TORRANCE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Two people were killed in a small plane crash in the Southern California city of Torrance. The incident took place in the morning at about 11.00 am on November 30, authorities said. Names of the two people aboard the flight are yet to be released.
The crash occurred during the pilot's attempt to land at the Torrance Municipal Airport. However, the single-engine Arion Lightning crashed at the airport which is also known as Zamperini Field, killing both people, based on the statement by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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The two were confirmed dead by the coroner's office of Los Angeles County, as per reports. The circumstances that led to the cause of the crash are being currently investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, CBS News reported. Another confirmation on the deaths of the Torrance Municipal Airport incident comes from the Torrance City Councilman Aurelio Mattucci who told the Los Angeles Daily News that both people onboard died.
Torrance police Sgt Ron Salary said that it was just past 11.00 am when the Torrance police and firefighters responded to the small plane crash at the airport. The report said that a 35-year-old Torrance man named Kevin Conlon, working in a nearby hangar, heard a pop and he looked out finding a plane crashed down in the field.
Conlon said that before he heard the crash, he was not alert by any other noise suggesting a plane in distress. Walking up to within 10 to 15 feet of the area of the incident, Colon said that he saw "a pile of plane." He added, "I was expecting the worst. The guy I was working with called 911 and I just went out there with a fire extinguisher. Within a minute, the city trucks were there. The extinguisher was not needed." This rightly indicates that the plane didn't catch fire.
The plane crashed inside the airport closest to the intersection of Madison Avenue and Lomita Boulevard in Torrance. Located in the South Bay region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the city of Torrance where the Torrance Municipal Airport is situated is about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
In a similar recent occurrence of a horrifying plane crash, eight people that included six passengers and two crew members were killed in a small plane crash in the Columbian city of Medellin. The New York Post reported that according to Colombian Aviation officials, the aircraft lost control and plunged into a residential area causing the tragic deaths of the people aboard the private plane PA31 operated by SanGerman.