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Plane aborts takeoff, skids off runway at California airport

August 31, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of a small plane was injured with the aircraft was forced to abort its takeoff and skidded off the runway Saturday at the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte, authorities said.

El Monte Police Lt. Ernie Cramer said Saturday the pilot was taken to the hospital with a minor head injury. The other person in the Cessna was not hurt.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said the plane experienced difficulties prior to the attempted takeoff. About 5 to 10 gallons (38 liters) of fuel spilled, he said.

Cramer says it’s not yet known what caused the plane’s issues at the airport, which is about 14 miles (22 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.

The lieutenant says police were called to the airport around 11:15 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the incident.

Police have not released the names of the pilot or co-pilot.

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