Plane Crashes on Glendale Street, Pilot & Residents Safe
A single-engine Cessna traveling from Phoenix to Van Nuys Airport made a crash landing Monday night on a residential street in Glendale. Miraculously, the plane's sole occupant, the pilot, as well as all the area residents, survived the incident.
The Cessna went down at around 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Glenwood Road, near Grandview Road, according to City News Service.
As the plane hurtled towards the ground it struck three power poles and several trees; as a result, power was knocked out for an estimated 300 customers in the vicinity of the crash.
"Jim Roth, an engineer from Thousand Oaks, was the Cessna 210's pilot," elaborates ABC7. "He was en route to Van Nuys from Phoenix, Ariz., when he reported engine trouble to air traffic controllers. Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with the plane about 3 miles southeast of Van Nuys Airport around 8 p.m. Authorities said Roth was trying to make it to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank."
Roth, 55, was spotted crawling from the wreckage and walking just after the crash. He was transported by paramedics "to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition and expected to recover from his injuries," reports the Glendale News-Press. He was released this morning.
Glendale Police are relieved that the crash did not involve homes or their occupants, although three homes around the crash site were evacuated as a precaution, Glendale Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey told the media.
Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale PD remarked: "It's amazing [no one was hurt], especially in this neighborhood where people are out walking their dogs at night."
The National Transit Safety Board has launched an investigation into the crash.