The tail of the crashed plane extends from the hanger in Fullerton. Courtesy OnScene.TV
The tail of the crashed plane extends from the hanger in Fullerton. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Federal authorities Thursday began figuring out why a small, two-seat jet with World War II Air Force markings veered out of control during a take-off attempt at  Fullerton Municipal Airport and crashed into a hanger.

The two people aboard sustained only minor injuries.

Tower personnel at the airport, which is located at 4011 W. Commonwealth Ave., notified emergency personnel of the crash, according to a Metro Cities Fire Authority dispatcher.

“The pilot of a single-engine SAIA Marchetti SF 260, tail number N16FD, lost control while taking off and crashed into a hangar,” Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Two people were aboard and sustained minor injuries, Gregor said.

There was no fire and no one was taken to a hospital in the 6 p.m. Wednesday crash, the dispatcher said.

The plane bore World War II combat aircraft markings, including “Air Combat – USA” on the tail and an old U.S. Air Force insignia on the fuselage.

It is registered to an address in Portland, Oregon, according to the FAA, which will investigate the crash.

–City News Service

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