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1 dead in small plane crash on street near homes in Los Angeles

The aircraft crashed just outside Whiteman Airport, a private general aviation airport in the Pacoima area of the San Fernando Valley.

A plane has crashed on a residential street in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles, just outside a small airport Thursday morning.

An unidentified, single-engine Cessna 172, crashed on approach to a runway to Whiteman Airport, a private general aviation airport in Los Angeles County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The only person aboard the small aircraft was the pilot, the administration said.

The pilot died in the crash, Erik Scott, public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department, told reporters. One witness was checked for injuries but did not need to be transported to a hospital.

Firefighters extinguished a fire that engulfed two parked cars on the street where the plane crashed, then kept the fire from spreading to a nearby home, the department said. The plane also took down power lines on the street.

Power was shut off to the area, firefighters told NBC Los Angeles at the scene.

Pacoima is a neighborhood in the northern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, about 10 miles north of North Hollywood.