WORLD 2 plane crashes in southern California in 24 hrs

WORLD

2 plane crashes in southern California in 24 hrs

Xinhua

14:17, October 02, 2018

This still photo taken from video provided by KTTV-TV/foxla.com shows the wreckage of a small plane that crashed on the border between a nursery and Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, Calif., killing the pilot, the lone occupant, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said the plane crashed while approaching the airport. Monday's crash was the second in two days at the same airport. On Sunday, Sept. 30, one person was killed and another seriously injured when an aircraft went down inside the nursery next to the same airfield. (KTTV-TV/foxla.com via AP) Photo: AP / KTTV-TV/foxla.com

The wreckage of a small plane that crashed on the border between a nursery and Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, Calif., killing the pilot, the lone occupant, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (Photo: AP)

Two small planes crashed in 24 hours in southern California, killing two pilots and injuring one passenger, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

Monday's accident occurred around 11:50 a.m. local time (1850 GMT), the airplane with one person aboard was about to touch down when it crashed.

On Sunday, a 69-year-old man was killed and another person was injured after their small plane missed the same airport's runway and crash-landed in a private plant nursery nearby, it said.

The two crashes occurred about 100 yards (91.4 meters) away near the Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, a city located 50 km east of Los Angeles downtown.

A witness of Monday's tragedy, Francisco Juarez, told local ABC 7 news channel that he saw the plane making a whirring noise before it hit the ground. "There was a big explosion," Juarez said.

Video clips posted by ABC 7 online showed flames and thick black smoke rose from the wreckage of Monday's crash.

The plane crashed on Sunday is a single-engine Cessna 177RG plane, while Monday's fatal crash involved a six-seater, single-engined Beech Bonanza aircraft.  

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