Pilot killed after small plane crashes near home in Los Angeles, setting parked cars on fire

Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News
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A pilot died Thursday when a small plane clipped power lines and crashed in a fireball on a residential street in northern Los Angeles.

At least two parked cars were engulfed by the flames and debris was scattered in nearby yards, but no homes were damaged, officials said.

The pilot died at the scene in the Pacoima neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley, northeast of Van Nuys, near Whiteman Airport, fire officials said.

“The fire spread to trees and vegetation in front of a residential home, but firefighters navigated downed power lines and protected the home from sustaining any structural fire damage,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

The crash unfolded at 1:10 p.m. local time near N. Sutter Ave. and Pierce St.

“Sadly, the sole occupant of the aircraft was deceased. No other bystander injuries reported,” officials said.

“The circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the crash are under investigation,” officials said.

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