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1,600 without power after Glendale plane crash

May 21, 2012 | 10:37 pm

Plane crash in Glendale.
More than 1,600 people were without electricity late Monday in Glendale after a small plane hit power poles and crashed in a residential frontyard, police said.

The pilot of the Cessna 210 was able to free himself from the twisted wreckage and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department said. No other injuries were reported.

He said it was "miraculous no one on the ground was hurt."

Lorenz said the plane struck three power poles before plowing into the frontyard of the home in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road shortly after 8 p.m.

Federal investigators were being dispatched to scene to probe the accident.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that the plane is owned by Allen K. Heng and James E. Roth. Heng told KTLA-TV Channel 5 he flew the plane about two weeks ago to Visalia and back to Van Nuys Airport. He said he noticed no problems.

"As far as I'm concerned," Heng said, "that plane worked perfectly"

The pilot reported engine problems as he flew near El Monte Airport, said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman in Los Angeles. The pilot said he would try to make it to Van Nuys Airport.

Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the pilot around 8 p.m. as the plane was three miles southeast of Burbank, Gregor told The Times.

It was unclear when power would be restored in the area.



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 Photo: Scene of crash. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5