Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Plane Crashes Into West Los Angeles Neighborhood, Killing 1

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

A small plane crashed into a West Los Angeles neighborhood this afternoon, killing one person on board.

The Los Angeles Fire Department sent out a news alert saying that one person had been killed in the crash, but it wasn't clear how old this person was or what their gender was. No other bodies were discovered at the scene.

(See our latest story: Pilot Who Died In West L.A. Plane Crash Was An Attorney Who Flew Planes For Charity)

The plane crashed into the intersection of some side streets not far from Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue. The plane appeared to slam into a palm tree and caught fire, causing smoke to rise into the air. It happened at 6:14 pm in the 2100 block of South Glendon Avenue near Mississippi, according to City News Service. No homes or other structures were damaged in the crash.

Support for LAist comes from

NBC Los Angeles has a live aerial stream of the crash:

View more videos at:

UPDATED: The plane was a single-engine Cessna 210 that declared an emergency around 6:10 p.m., according to NBC Los Angeles. A FAA spokesman told NBC that the plane had just departed from the Santa Monica Airport, which is about 3 miles southwest of the crash site.

The plane is registered to a Santa Monica resident whose identity is not being released, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A man who said he was driving in the area before the crash told NBC that he noticed a small plane flying abnormally low: "I didn't hear any abnormal engine noise." However, the fact that the plane was flying "extremely" low did worry him: "It was a red flag immediately."

Support for LAist comes from

Here's a live stream of information about the crash (and other fires around the city) coming in from LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey:

Live broadcasting by Ustream