Unlike most motor vehicle accidents, airplane crashes can take a far longer to investigate. It can be frustrating for surviving members to get real answers about what exactly went wrong and determine who is at fault. Because of the potential factors involved, sometimes it may take months or even years before investigators can forensically piece things together.
KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles reports that one person has died after their ultra-light plane crashed into a flood channel near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Sunday morning.
Authorities say that the fatal crash involving a single-engine Evolution REVO Trike went down in the concrete flood channel adjacent to the Jack Northrop/Hawthorne Municipal Airport at approximately 9:38 a.m. on Sunday, October 4th.
Firefighters and paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 3680 120th Street near the 105 Freeway.
Authorities say that the pilot, who was the only person on board the ultra-light plane, was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Los Angeles County officials have released no further information about the pilot pending notification of family members.
The aviation accident is still under investigation by both local and federal agencies. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducting a joint investigation surrounding the cause of the crash.