Firefighters moving the pilot off the building's roof. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Firefighters moving the injured pilot off the building’s roof. Courtesy OnScene.TV

How do you get a crashed airplane off the roof of a building?

Officials worked to do just that Monday after the small plane crash-landed on the roof of a vacant state parole office building in Pomona, sending the pilot to a hospital.

Pilot Donald Bach of Fullerton was en route from Fullerton Airport to Brackett Airport in LaVerne at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday when his aircraft experienced engine problems and he made an emergency crash landing onto the top of the office building at 971 Corporate Center Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP is involved in the investigation because the plane landed on a building leased to a state agency — a state department of corrections’ parole office.

Bach was taken to County USC Medical Center with moderate injuries, the CHP said.

The crash left a hole in the roof of the building, which was vacant at the time, the CHP said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department posted pictures of the plane, an orange and white Piper Aircraft with the code N5046W on the side.

As of Sunday night, the plane was still perched atop the building awaiting Federal Aviation Administration investigators to arrive, according to the CHP.

— City News Service

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