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Plane crashes in San Gabriel; pilot dies

November 14, 2009 |  6:51 pm

A single-engine plane crashed this afternoon in San Gabriel, killing the pilot.

The plane took off from Brackett Field in La Verne and was headed to Van Nuys when it crashed in the 5100 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Pena said.

"It looked like the pilot might have survived if there hadn't been a fire," Pena said.

There were no other injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said authorities were not ready to release the name of the pilot.

The plane was registered to David Flotho of Grants Pass, Ore.

-- Garrett Therolf