COMPTON >> A pilot died when a small airplane crashed Sunday afternoon at Compton-Woodley Airport, authorities said.
The fatal crash took place about 12:35 p.m. at the airport, 901 W. Alondra Blvd., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials confirmed the pilot died in the crash.
“A banner-towing aircraft crashed while picking up a banner at the Compton airport,” Gregor said.
The pilot was the only person on board the craft, described as single-engine Aviat A-1, he added.
There were no initial reports of any other injuries, sheriff’s officials said.
Compton Fire Department firefighters responded to the crash, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said. Deputies secured the scene and summoned officials from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board to handle the investigation.
Images from the scene showed the airplane engulfed in flames.
The plane was registered to Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Wyoming Services LLC, according to F.A.A. records. It was manufactured in 1995 and had a valid flight status.