Fatal airplane crash captured on cellphone video

Witnesses described a fiery and frightening scene after they heard two planes crash Wednesday, leaving one person dead and another hospitalized, at Compton-Woodley Airport in Compton.

A single-engine North American T-28, a plane that belongs to a museum at the airport, collided on approach with a single-engine Cessna 152 on a runway around 7 p.m. The planes were apparently landing at the same time.

The Cessna was the first plane to land, according to the FAA's preliminary investigation. The T28 then ran into the Cessna while it was still on the runway, according to the agency.

The Cessna caught fire and debris scattered across the airfield.

Federal crash investigators were at the general aviation airport Thursday. Dennis Lord, chairman of the Los Angeles County Aviation Commission, said there is no tower at the airport, requiring pilots to communicate. He said FAA regulations not allow more than one aircraft on a runway at the same time.

The person killed in the crash was identified only as a man in his 40s.

Neighbors near Compton-Woodley Airport said they felt the impact of the crash. One witness who captured smoke from the crash on camera said the crash shook his house.


By: ThisIsButter (33071.80)

Tags: airplane crash

Location: Compton