An emergency vehicle. Photo by John Schreiber.

A small “homebuilt” plane crashed and pieces scattered across an airfield shortly after takeoff from San Gabriel Valley Airport Friday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

Paramedics sent to the 4000 block of Santa Anita Avenue about 9:30 a.m. pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to the county fire department.

Authorities withheld his name, pending notification of his relatives.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane painted mostly red was a “homebuilt, single-engine Pazmany PL-2” that crashed on airport property while departing from Runway 19 around 9:30 a.m. The pilot was the only person on board, according to the FAA.

An investigation will be conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The airport was formerly known as El Monte Airport.

—City News Service

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