One Dead in Fatal Small Plane Crash Near Van Nuys Airport
VAN NUYS, California (August 2, 2016) — Pilot Arthur Newman, 78, of Malibu has been identified as the man who died after a small aircraft crashed into a building at 16141 Hart Street near the Van Nuys Airport, according to Los Angles Fire Department reports.
The fatal crash was reported about 1:30 p.m. this afternoon near Woodley Avenue and Hart Street. The report stated the airplane was “demolished” in the crash, but did not indicate whether there were any others on board.
The pilot reportedly was practicing “touch and go” maneuvers prior to the collision. He reported hearing a banging noise and told the tower he was heading back to the airport, but crashed before he made it there. Part of the aircraft’s landing gear appeared to be loose upon inspection of the plane.
The cause of the collision was unknown, but it under investigation. Most likely the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting this investigation to determine whether mechanical defects and or pilot error were factors in the crash.
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