2 Dead After Plane Crashes Into Townhouse Complex Near Hawthorne Airport

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Firefighters responded Friday evening to a townhouse complex near the Hawthorne Airport after a light plane crashed into two units and caught fire.

The plane went down around 5:12 p.m. in the 4600 block of W. Broadway killing two people on board, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The aircraft slammed into two townhouses in the complex, video of the scene showed.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported on the ground, fire officials said.

The aircraft, described as a Grumman American AA-1B, crashed two miles west of the airport under unknown circumstances, Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Aerial video of the scene showed a huge hole at the point of impact.

Aside from a few pieces of wreckage, the plane itself was not visible from the outside of the building.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the FAA and the NTSB, Kenitzer said.

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