Officials continuing investigating Torrance plane crash, asking public for possible videos

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Officials continuing investigating Torrance plane crash, asking public for possible videos

by Nathaniel Percy

Investigators continued looking on Friday, Sept. 20, into what caused a small airplane to crash into a strip mall in Torrance shortly after taking off the day before from Torrance Municipal Airport.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was on scene, peering over the wreckage and the surrounding area in the northern portion of the Rolling Hills Plaza, spokesman Peter Knudson said.

NTSB officials planned to remove the wreckage from the site sometime Friday and move it to a more secure location, Knudson said.

Investigators asked the public to provide any video of the plane’s flight to witness@ntsb.gov.

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a shopping center near the Torrance airport on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Photo by Jonathan L Androwski )

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a shopping center near the Torrance airport on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Photo by Jonathan L Androwski )

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  • A Cessna plane crashed into a shopping center near the Torrance airport on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • A single-engine Cessna plane crashed into the back of a strip mall in Torrance shortly after takeoff, leaving one dead and another in critical condition Thursday, Sept. 19. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Jesse Ortiz who works int he building across heard the Cessna plane crash into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a building on the Crenshaw side of Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • A Cessna plane crashed into a building on the Crenshaw side of Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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The fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna 177 took off from Zamperini Field at about noon Thursday and crashed through a roof and fell onto a covered back patio area behind a restaurant.

Two men on board the aircraft were assisted out of the plane by Torrance police. One died, with the other hospitalized in critical condition, fire officials said.

The identity of the man who died had not been released yet, pending notification of relatives, but coroner’s officials did say he was in his 70s. It was unclear if he was the pilot or the passenger.

No one on the ground was hurt.

The 1967 aircraft had been sold recently and a new registration application was pending with the Federal Aviation Administration, spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Air-traffic-control communication suggests the pilot may have only intended to fly a one-mile radius around the airport at low altitude.

Another pilot radioed the FAA tower to say that the Cessna had crashed.

Witnesses told the Southern California News Group that the Cessna appeared to be attempting a U-turn back toward the airport before it went down, and that at one point they heard the plane’s engine sputter.

All credit goes to Nathaniel Percy Originally published on https://www.dailynews.com

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