Pilot hospitalized after plane crash near LA airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A pilot was hospitalized Sunday after a small plane crashed on train tracks outside an airfield in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 172 crashed shortly after taking off from Whiteman Airport in the community of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley at around 2:10 p.m.

The pilot, the only person on board, was transported in an unknown condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. No other injuries were reported.

Photos from the crime scene showed the single-engine plane came to a halt with its left wing and nose on the sidewalk along the railroad tracks.

Officials said the Metrolink train service has ceased and road traffic has been diverted to the area about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this.

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