Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be at the Compton/Woodley Airport Thursday morning to try to determine what caused two planes to collide on the ground, killing one person and injuring another.
The collision was reported about 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Compton Fire Department, which extinguished a fire caused by the crash.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine North American T28 collided with a single-engine Cessna 152 on runway 25L.
“We ran out the door (of an airport building), immediately faced with one aircraft dragging parts of another aircraft down the runway,” pilot Billy Jackson told NBC4. “There wasn’t much we could do because there was fire everywhere.”
The Cessna caught fire and burned.
The T28 is a military trainer that was first used by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy in the 1950s, then saw action as a counter-insurgency aircraft in the Vietnam War.
No details were released about the person who was killed. The injured person was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Bureau at (562) 421-2701.
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