Single-engine plane crashes in Westwood residential neighborhood, kills 1

A small plane crashed into a tree in a Westwood neighborhood on Friday, August 10, 2012.
A small plane crashed into a tree in a Westwood neighborhood on Friday, August 10, 2012. Courtesy NBCLA

A small plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in West Los Angeles, killing at least one on board.

The victim's age and gender was not immediately known, fire officials said. No other victims have been discovered.

The crash appears to have taken place at Westwood Blvd and Mississippi Ave., in the 2100 block of Glendon Avenue.

The Los Angeles Fire department says the crash was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. According to Ian Gregor of the FAA, the pilot of a single-engine Cessna 210 declared an emergency for unknown reasons around 6:10 p.m. shortly after departing from Santa Monica Airport.

The wreckage occurred a few miles northeast of the Santa Monica Airport.

Sarah Hursley manages Pitfire Artisan Pizza, located a few blocks away from the accident. She said several folks who live on the block where the plane crashed have headed to the restaurant to sooth their nerves.

“They’re really shooken up and are really in awe," says Hursley. "We had to turn off the news… you know, it’s something different that happened in this neighborhood. Everyone’s kind of shocked.”

Television footage from a news helicopter showed the charred wreckage beneath street trees and a broken wing on the sidewalk.

So far, the number of passengers on board is unknown, but FAA officials have determined that the plane was registered to a Santa Monica resident.

No ground injuries have been reported.

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