Plane crashes into tractor-tailer at Los Angeles pier, killing pilot

Tim Balk, New York Daily News
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A single-engine plane crashed into a tractor-trailer on a pier in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, killing the pilot and injuring a man in the truck, officials said.

The Piper PA-32, carrying only the pilot, crashed about 12:30 p.m. local time in the Port of Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The doomed aircraft had taken off from nearby Torrance, Calif., around 11:47 a.m., said Peter Knudson, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.

The patient from the truck, believed to be about 30 years old, was in serious condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Authorities did not immediately identify the pilot.

Images posted on social media showed a plane split in two in an industrial lot. The Los Angeles Fire Department said a small amount of fuel that spilled onto the ground was secured by firefighters.

The National Transportation Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are set to investigate the crash.