Fiery airplane crash in Fullerton causes one fatality

Anthony Robles

A pilot died after a plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from the Fullerton Municipal Airport Thursday evening, authorities said.

Fullerton Fire Department arrived at the fiery crash site, after reports of a blaze around 7:50 p.m., at 4011 W Commonwealth Ave., officials said.

The aircraft was a twin-engine six seater plane that apparently was said to be taking off for Utah.

The plane was traveling 50 feet above the ground at a speed of about 80 mph, when witnesses said it took a sharp left turn that forced It to impact the ground, immediately causing a blaze upon the tarmac of the airport.

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Firefighter respond to the scene of a plane crash at Fullerton Municipal Airport Thursday just before 8 p.m. Photo credit: KTLA

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, the pilot was the only passenger on board.

All that is known about the pilot currently is that he was a male around 50 years of age.

The crash is still under investigation.