A small plane crashed in Torrance near a shopping Center Thursday leaving one person dead and one person critically hurt, officials said.
The crash was reported around 12 p.m. in the 25300 Crenshaw Blvd. near Rolling Hills Plaza.
"I could hear the sputtering noise," witness Jesse Ortiz said. "And then all we heard was a big thump."
The plane hit the roof of a strip mall yards away from the Zamperini Field runway, across Crenshaw Boulevard.
The single-engine Cessna 177 appeared to have slammed onto a building near a T-Mobile.
FAA officials said the crash occurred shortly after departure. The Torrance Fire Department says two men were on board; one was killed on scene, and the other was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Torrance Police confirmed several officers were already close by, and responded immediately.
No one inside the businesses were hurt.
The plane did leak fuel but there was never any smoke or fire.
Jonathan Gonzalez contributed to this report.