Small Plane Crashes and Hits Parked Cars Near Southern California Airport

February 22, 2016 Updated: February 22, 2016

A small airplane hit parked vehicles as it crashed near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, officials told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

According to Margaret Stewart, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles Fire Department, nobody was injured, including the pilot of the fixed-wing aircraft.

The Mooney M20 plane departed from Whiteman Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot attempted to return to the airport for unknown reasons and was forced to land at approximately 1:40 p.m. local time.

During the landing, the plane clipped a few cars. The aircraft crash took place four miles from the airport.

This is about as best-case scenario as this type of situation could be.
— Margaret Stewart, Fire Department

Speaking with KTLA-5, Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department, said the pilot was “very, very fortunate.”

“This is about as best-case scenario as this type of situation could be,” she said.

The pilot is currently being interviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot was the only occupant of the plane.

A reporter with KTLA said he heard the plane flying, believing that the engine had failed, which forced the pilot into a landing attempt.

“One wing was torn off completely and the other was badly damaged. He was evaluated and he decline transport to a hospital,” Stewart told the Los Angeles Daily News, elaborating on the incident. “There was significant damage to several parked vehicles.”