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Small Plane Crashes In Compton, Killing Pilot

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A small plane crashed in Compton, killing the pilot on board.

The single-engine plane crashed during takeoff at the Compton/Woodley Airport, which is located on the 900 block of West Alondra Boulevard, around 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane had picked up a banner to tow just before its scheduled takeoff. A photo by a passerby shows a fiery scene on the tarmac, with black smoke going into the air.

According to ABC 7, the pilot was the only person on board the plane when it crashed and was killed. Another person on the ground suffered burn injuries which are not considered life-threatening.

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The cause of the crash is unknown and it remains under investigation.

On Friday, another small banner-towing plane made an emergency landing on the L.A. River. The pilot was unhurt in that incident.