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Plane crash at Southern California airport leaves pilot dead

Updated April 18, 2019 - 10:07 pm

FULLERTON, Calif. — Fire officials say a pilot has died in the fiery crash of a twin-engine plane at a Southern California airport.

The crash happened shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday at Fullerton Municipal Airport, southeast of Los Angeles.

Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the Beechcraft Duke crashed while departing from a runway. The pilot was believed to have been the only person on board the six-seat craft.

Gregor says the aircraft rolled to the left and caught fire.

Video showed the aircraft burning in a fireball. The wings and tail were incinerated, although part of the fuselage survived.

The crash is under investigation.

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