Small Plane Crashes Into Used-Car Lot in Pacoima; 2 Injured

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Two people were injured Sunday when a small plane crashed into a used-car lot in Pacoima, authorities said.

The Cessna 172 was attempting to land at Whiteman Airport when it clipped several power lines and hit three utility poles before crashing into the car lot, according to officials.


The wreckage of a Cessna 172 is seen after a crash in Pacoima on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded at 12:55 p.m. to the crash site 10000 block of San Fernando Road (map), Battalion Chief Charles Combs said.

The two occupants of the plane were transported to hospitals with minor injuries, officials said. Both are reportedly experienced pilots.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board said. High winds were reported in the area at the time of the incident.

“Everything that you can hit to slow down before the sudden stop is a benefit,” said Patrick Jones of the NTSB. “And it appears that this aircraft actually impacted on the side of the building, backwards, because of hitting the other poles.”

Six businesses near the crash site were reportedly without electricity due to the downed power lines. Late Sunday afternoon, crews with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were seen working to repair the utility poles.

San Fernando Road was expected to remain closed for several hours.

NTSB officials said the plane would be removed from the car lot by Monday.