Small plane crashes in Rancho Palos Verdes

A small plane crashed outside of Los Angeles on Friday. The pilot suffered minor injures. Photo by Ian E. Bisco.

A small plane crashed outside of Los Angeles on Friday. The pilot suffered non-life threatening injures, authorities said. Photo by Ian E. Bisco.

UPDATED AT 3:20 p.m. with more information:

A pilot sustained non-life threatening injuries when the small plane he was piloting crash landed in Rancho Palos Verdes late Friday morning at the shoreline near Trump National Golf Club, officials said.

The man, who was not identified, told authorities he had a mechanical failure after taking off from Compton/Woodley Airport and was forced to try to land on Portuguese Bend Beach, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Vicki Stuckey said.

The plane, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, was found inverted on the beach at around 11:45 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email. Stuckey said the pilot was able to walk off the plane on his own. She said he sustained some sort of head injury.

Stuckey said the pilot was treated at the scene by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and local lifeguards. He was then transported to a local hospital, she said.

The plane — N224T — is registered to Van Wagner Aerial Media LLC based in Hollywood, Fla., according to the website flightaware.com. The company specializes in aircraft banner advertising, according to its website. Company officials could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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