Small Plane Crash Kills One

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A Cessna plane crashed off the embankment of the 210 Freeway, killing one.

At 12:29PM on April 20, 2022 the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to a reported plane down on the Westbound 210 Freeway at Hubbard St in the Sylmar neighborhood.

Firefighters arrived to find a small plane, severely damaged, on the down sloping embankment of the freeway. They immediately began searching the wreckage for a patient while also building a berm to contain a small fuel leak.

One patient was located within the plane debris and sadly determined dead on scene. After a thorough search of the aircraft remains, firefighters found no other patients.

The crash did not create any fire hazards nor did it injure anyone on the ground.

While in Unified Command with the Los Angeles Police Department, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were notified and responded for the investigation.

The LAFD Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team conducted a drone operation to capture overhead video for the investigating officers.  LAFD also acquired (via a private contractor) a heavy left crane and conducted the delicate operation of lifting and moving the plane up to flat ground without disturbing the victim remains.

Once the aircraft was relocated and the NTSB / FAA and LA County Coroner made their initial assessment, firefighters conducted a body removal operation. The incident was then transitioned to the investigative agencies.

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