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Plane Crash Kills One, Critically Burns Another

July 13, 1988

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) _ A single-engine plane crashed near the Compton Airport and burst into flames, killing one passenger and critically burning another, police said.

The plane, a Piper TriPacer, missed buildings and children in a nearby playground when it crashed in an alley Tuesday, but downed several power poles and knocked out electrical service overnight to the surrounding neighborhood.

No one on the ground was injured, and a third person aboard the plane escaped the fiery crash with minor cuts and bruises, police Sgt. John Farber said.

Bystanders who saw the crash pulled the three occupants from the flaming wreckage, police Lt. M.D. Bunton said.

The plane had taken off from the suburban airstrip about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles for a test flight with prospective buyers aboard, Farber said.

Crash victim Jack Dunlap was in critical condition with severe burns over his entire body, said William Delgardo, spokesman for Martin Luther King Jr.- Drew Medical Center.

Michael Bellio, 46, was treated for minor injuries and shock, Delgardo said. The name of the third man wasn’t immediately available.

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