A female pilot who was pulled unconscious from her burning aircraft after the small plane crashed near Hawthorne airport Monday afternoon later died, according to police.
The crash was reported shortly after noon in the 3600 block of 120th Street, just south of the 105 Freeway, according to Capt. Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A crew working on a private well project nearby saw the plane coming toward where their truck was parked.
“My partner just started yelling, ‘There’s a plane coming, a plane coming,'” said witness Byron Mayes. “It looked like the plane just veered up, lost control and hit a couple feet away from the truck, a couple feet away from us.”
Three workers rushed to the wreckage, finding the pilot unconscious, with her legs burning. Fire spread to their work truck and up hoses they were using, Mayes said.
“Our first thought was getting her out, making sure she was OK,” he said.
Responding firefighters were able to halt the flames, and paramedics performed “life-saving measures” and took the pilot to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
The unidentified pilot did not survive the crash, the Hawthorne Police Department posted on its Facebook page.
The small aircraft — a light-sport, weight-shift-control plane — was departing Hawthorne Municipal Airport when it crashed, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The Airborne XT-912 had only the one person on board, the FAA spokesman said.
Aerial video showed the wreckage was significant and the plane was in pieces.
Meanwhile, a police vehicle crashed near 119th Street and Prairie Avenue, a few blocks west of the plane crash. The black-and-white police SUV appeared to have collided with another SUV.
The officer was responding to the report of the plane down when he was involved in a crash, a Hawthorne Police Department official said.
KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.