The pilot of a small plane was killed when he crashed at Hesperia Airport Tuesday morning, officials said.
The incident involving a “light aircraft” was reported about 10 a.m. at the north end of the airport, apparently shortly after take off, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Video from the scene showed the mangled ultralight aircraft, described as a Quicksilver MXL II.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane.
Hazmat crews were at the scene Tuesday afternoon cleaning up a small oil spill from the crash.
Jay Carlson, a friend of the victim, told KTLA that he heard about the plane crash from a mutual friend and he got “chills down his body.”
Carlson said the victim, who he identified as Robert Alexander, had been building his aircraft for a while and he couldn’t wait to fly it.
He added that the victim, who was in his early 60s, built the plane as a hobby and had a “hard landing” after testing out the plane last week.
Carlson said his friend liked to “live on the edge.”
“He was always gung-ho for anything,” he said.
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email that the plane appeared to be an “unregistered ultralight.”
He added that his agency does not investigate those types of planes because they don’t have FAA airworthiness certificates and you don’t need a pilot license to fly them.”
HESPERIA: #SBCoFD onscn AIRCRAFT DOWN off north end of Hesperia Airport. Fatal injury to sole occupant of light aircraft. ^eas
— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) March 7, 2017