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Small Planes Crashes In Los Angeles Suburb; One Dead, House Damaged

September 15, 1989

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) _ A small cargo plane crashed in a suburban yard today just after takeoff from Ontario International Airport, killing the pilot and damaging the house but causing no other deaths or injuries, police said.

″Witnesses reported that a propeller and pieces of an engine fell off shortly after takeoff,″ said Jim Vandever, a police detective who was at the scene.

The Piper 31 Navajo, leased by United Parcel Service, was on a scheduled flight to Santa Barbara, Vandever said.

He said the pilot, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The twin-engine plane crashed in a middle-class residential neighborhood northwest of the runway about 6:50 a.m., scarring a home.

″There were broken windows and fire damage to the front of the house, but it’s still standing and it looks like you could still inhabit it,″ Vandever said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was to investigate at the accident site, in San Bernardino County about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

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