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    NTSB Preliminary Info On LB Airport Sept. 11 Small Plane Crash

    LB plane crash, Sept. 11/05(September 22, 2005) -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary information (agency says subject to change and may contain errors to be corrected in a final report) following the Sept. 11 crash of a small plane on takeoff from LB Airport.

    The aircraft burst into flames following impact behind an industrial building on the west side of the 3700 block of Industry Ave., east of Cherry Ave. (behind the auto dealers, technically in city of Lakewood). Two people aboard the plane were killed.

    We post the NTSB's preliminary report below:

    NTSB Identification: LAX05FA296
    14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
    Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2005 in Lakewood, CA
    Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N6565L
    Injuries: 2 Fatal.

    This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

    On September 11, 2005, about 1545 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152, N6565L, collided with terrain at Lakewood, California. Aviation West Flight School was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and the student pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. The local instructional flight departed Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California, and had been airborne about 1 minute. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The approximate global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the primary wreckage were 33 degrees 49.79 minutes north latitude and 118 degrees 976 minutes west longitude.

    According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airplane departed runway 25 right at Daugherty Field. About 30 seconds later, the pilot reported poor climb performance, and requested to return to the airport.

    Numerous witnesses observed the airplane. They reported that it was low, and appeared to be going slow. The engine maintained the same sound; it was not coughing, sputtering, or backfiring. It sounded like it was at a low rpm (revolutions per minute). They reported that the nose was up, the wings were rocking, and the tail was moving back and forth. The right wing then dropped about 90 degrees, and the nose went nearly straight down.

    The airplane came to rest behind a building. The right wing was under a truck, and the truck's front left wheel was on top of the right horizontal stabilizer. The right side of the fuselage and the vertical stabilizer rested against the truck's front bumper. Fire consumed most of the cabin area.

    The L.A. County Coroner has identified the deceased as Elliot DeForest Dewey, 25, and Yigael Pablo Robles, 28.

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