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Pilot hurt in California crash of replica WW2-era plane

May 1, 2019
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This photo provided by the Upland Police Department shows a replica German-made World War II-era plane with a swastika on its tail after it crashed in Upland in inland Southern California Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Storch FL-156C crashed under unknown circumstances after taking off from Cable Airport in Upland. (Upland Police Department via AP)

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) — A replica World War II-era German plane with a swastika on its tail has crashed in inland Southern California but the pilot escaped with moderate injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Storch FL-156C crashed Wednesday under unknown circumstances after taking off from Cable Airport in Upland.

TV news footage showed the single-engine plane, its nose crumpled, lying in a dirt field.

The original Storch planes were built in Germany beginning in the 1930s.

Upland police Sgt. Moe Duran says the pilot — the only person aboard — was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The FAA will investigate the crash, which occurred about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.