Small Plane Crashes Into Townhome in Hawthorne, Killing Two

A small plane crashed into a townhouse in Hawthorne Friday, killing the two people who were aboard the aircraft.

The crash was reported at 5:11 p.m. in the 4600 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Two people were confirmed dead at the scene, but no one on the ground was injured, a dispatcher said.

The crash scene, at a two-story townhouse complex, is less than a mile southwest of Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

The aircraft was a Grumman American AA-1B, according to Allen Kenitzer
of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the crash along
with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Witnesses watched in horror as the plane crashed.

"The engine was sputtering," said Antwahn Nance. "I could tell it was in trouble. I heard the impact. I turned the corner to offer assistance. I could tell it was too late. The plane was engulfed in flames."

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