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Santa Monica plane crash pilot was student on solo flight

August 30, 2011 |  8:27 am

  The pilot who crashed a light plane into a home near Santa Monica Airport on Monday was a student flier on a solo flight, Santa Monica fire officials said.

Authorities told KTLA that the man, about 25 to 35 years old, clipped a fence and a garage before crash-landing up against a house. The pilot's leg was broken in the crash, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m. at 21st Street and Navy Avenue.

A painter working on the home was hit by flying debris from the Cessna, said Lauralee Ash, a Santa Monica police spokeswoman.

A second painter suffered symptoms of aircraft fuel inhalation and was treated at the scene.

The painting crew pulled the pilot from the wreckage, Ash said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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